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Edwards Lifesciences Reports First Quarter Results

Edwards Lifesciences
Posted on: 26 Apr 18

IRVINE, Calif., April 24, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Edwards Lifesciences Corporation (NYSE: EW), the global leader in patient-focused innovations for structural heart disease and critical care monitoring, today reported financial results for the quarter ended March 31, 2018. 

First Quarter and Recent Highlights:

Sales were $895 million, or $938 million on an adjusted basis

Global THVT sales grew 2 percent; underlying1 sales increased 12 percent

EPS declined 9 percent, driven by special items; adjusted1 EPS grew 30 percent

2018 adjusted EPS guidance raised to $4.50 to $4.70 from $4.43 to $4.63

CENTERA CE Mark received; U.S. pivotal trial approved

Continued Access Protocol approved for PARTNER 3 Trial patients

"We are pleased with our start to 2018 with first quarter total adjusted sales of $938 million, consistent with our expectations.  This represents 9 percent underlying sales growth, and positions us for 10 to 11 percent underlying sales growth this year," said Michael A. Mussallem, chairman and CEO.  "Therapy adoption of transcatheter heart valves once again drove the majority of our growth, aided by solid performance in our other product lines.  Adjusted EPS grew 30 percent, even while investing aggressively and making significant progress in our transcatheter mitral and tricuspid therapies. Most importantly, even more patients are benefiting from our life saving technologies than ever before."

First Quarter 2018 Results

Sales for the quarter ended March 31, 2018 were $894.8 million, up 1.3 percent.  Total adjusted sales were $937.5 million, up 9.3 percent over the first quarter last year. Diluted earnings per share for the quarter was $0.96 per share, while adjusted earnings per share grew 29.8 percent to $1.22.

For the quarter, the company reported Transcatheter Heart Valve Therapy (THVT) sales of $551.6 million, a 2.3 percent growth rate over the first quarter last year.  Consistent with company expectations, adjusted THVT sales were $559.6 million, up 12.4 percent on an underlying basis including the adjustment for stocking inventory in Germany.  The company continues to expect its THVT full year underlying sales growth rate to be at the higher end of 11 to 15 percent. TAVR growth is being driven by continued strong global therapy adoption, and the global average selling price remained stable.

During the quarter, the company announced receipt of a CE Mark for the CENTERA system.  In addition, the company announced today it received FDA approval to initiate a U.S. pivotal trial of the CENTERA system in severe, symptomatic aortic stenosis patients at intermediate risk of open-heart surgery. "We look forward to launching this rigorous study to build robust evidence for this innovative, self-expanding valve system," said Mussallem.

Edwards also received approval from the FDA for a limited continued access protocol for the PARTNER 3 Trial for low-risk patients with severe, symptomatic aortic stenosis to allow for ongoing treatment.  Data from the PARTNER 3 Trial is expected to be presented at ACC 2019, and FDA approval is anticipated late that year.

Surgical Heart Valve Therapy sales for the quarter were $179.5 million, down 10.0 percent compared to the first quarter last year, or up 2.4 percent on an underlying basis.  Adjusted results exclude a sales return reserve related to conversion to a consignment inventory model.  Edwards' new products  drove underlying sales growth at a rate higher than total procedure growth. 

Critical Care sales were $163.7 million for the quarter, representing an increase of 13.0 percent versus last year, or 8.4 percent on an underlying basis.  This performance was driven by strong growth across the portfolio, led primarily by the HemoSphere advanced monitoring platform and strong regional performance in the U.S. and Asia Pacific.

For the quarter, the company's adjusted gross profit margin was 74.5 percent, compared to 75.7 percent in the same period last year. This reduction was driven primarily by the impact from FX, partially offset by a more profitable product mix.

Selling, general and administrative expenses increased 11.5 percent to $256.0 million for the quarter.  This increase was driven by the strengthening of the euro against the dollar and personnel related expenses.

Research and development investments for the first quarter increased 11.3 percent to $143.2 million, or 16.0 percent of sales. This increase was primarily the result of continued investments in transcatheter heart valve programs, including spending on clinical trials.

The high reported tax rate of 21.6 percent for the quarter was driven by a $24.0 million reserve.  Excluding the impact of this reserve and other special items, the tax rate would have been 13.2 percent.  Edwards now expects its 2018 tax rate, excluding special items, to be between 13 and 16 percent.

Adjusted free cash flow for the fourth quarter was $108.1 million, defined as cash flow from operating activities of $151.3 million, less capital spending of $43.2 million.

Cash, cash equivalents and short-term investments totaled $1.5 billion at March 31, 2018.  Total debt was $1.1 billion.


For the full year 2018, Edwards remains confident in achieving the higher end of its sales guidance range of $3.5 to $3.9 billion.  Additionally, the company now expects its estimate for 2018 adjusted earnings per share to be between $4.50 to $4.70.

For the second quarter 2018, at current foreign exchange rates, the company projects total sales to be between $950 million and $1.0 billion, and adjusted EPS of $1.05 to $1.15.

"We are confident in our outlook for continued strong sales growth, and we remain passionate about helping more patients around the world.  We continue to focus on driving organic growth with leading innovative technologies, while aggressively investing in our future.  Our foundation of leadership positions us well for continued longer-term success and greater shareholder value as we pursue multi-billion dollar market opportunities," said Mussallem.

About Edwards Lifesciences        

Edwards Lifesciences, based in Irvine, Calif., is the global leader in patient-focused medical innovations for structural heart disease, as well as critical care and surgical monitoring. Driven by a passion to help patients, the company collaborates with the world's leading clinicians and researchers to address unmet healthcare needs, working to improve patient outcomes and enhance lives. For more information, visit and follow us on Twitter @EdwardsLifesci.

Conference Call and Webcast Information          

Edwards Lifesciences will be hosting a conference call today at 2:00 p.m. PT to discuss its first quarter results.  To participate in the conference call, dial (877) 704-2848 or (201) 389-0893.  For 72 hours following the call, an audio replay can be accessed by dialing (877) 660-6853 or (201) 612-7415 and using conference number 13677987.  The call will also be available via live or archived webcast on the "Investor Relations" section of the Edwards web site at or A live stream and archived replay can also be accessed via mobile devices by downloading Edwards' IR App for iPhone and iPad or Android.

This news release includes forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934.  These forward-looking statements can sometimes be identified by the use of words such as "may," "will," "should," "anticipate," "believe," "plan," "project," "estimate," "expect," "intend," "guidance," "outlook," "optimistic," "aspire," "confident"  or other forms of these words or similar expressions and include, but are not limited to, statements made by Mr. Mussallem, full year and second quarter 2018 financial guidance, expected releases of clinical information, projected product approvals, and information in the Outlook section.  Forward-looking statements are based on estimates and assumptions made by management of the company and are believed to be reasonable, though they are inherently uncertain and difficult to predict.  The company's forward-looking statements speak only as of the date on which they are made and the company does not undertake any obligation to update any forward-looking statement to reflect events or circumstances after the date of the statement.  If the company does update or correct one or more of these statements, investors and others should not conclude that the company will make additional updates or corrections.

Forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results or experience to differ materially from that expressed or implied by the forward-looking statements.  Factors that could cause actual results or experience to differ materially from that expressed or implied by the forward-looking statements include uncertainties associated with the timing and pace of therapy adoption, particularly in THVT; unpredictability of the timing and impact of new product launches; competitive products and other changes to the competitive landscape; the timing and extent of regulatory approvals and reimbursement levels for the company's products; the company's success in developing new products and avoiding manufacturing and quality issues; the impact of currency exchange rates; the timing or results of R&D and clinical trials; unanticipated actions by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and other regulatory agencies; unexpected litigation impacts or expenses; and other risks detailed in the company's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including its Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2017. These filings, along with important safety information about our products, may be found at

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Mike Wood

Last updated on: 26/04/2018

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