Merck Provides 2009 Financial Guidance; Reaffirms Guidance for 2008 and 2010
WHITEHOUSE STATION, N.J.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Dec 4, 2008 - Merck & Co., Inc. today reaffirmed its financial guidance for 2008 and 2010, and provided guidance for 2009. Merck's senior management will host a conference call to discuss the details of the Company's financial guidance today at 8:00 a.m. EST.
"In 2009, we expect strong product volume growth from key products such as JANUVIA/JANUMET, ISENTRESS and ZOSTAVAX," said Richard T. Clark, chairman, president and chief executive officer. "However, we anticipate that top-line growth will be offset by the effects of a volatile global economy, fluctuations in the foreign exchange markets, as well as continued challenges for certain key products.
"This will be an important execution year for Merck as we continue the transformation of our company into a more lean and flexible business, and further reduce our cost structure, while strongly supporting our key products and growth opportunities," said Clark.
"During 2009, we expect to file NDAs for two promising candidates in Phase IIl that address patient needs in the treatment of migraines and acute heart failure, and will continue to fully fund our R&D opportunities including outcomes studies for key products such as JANUVIA and VYTORIN as well as promising candidates including MK-0524A and MK-0822.
"The investments we're making to promote our products, develop our best-in-class R&D capabilities and bring more efficiency to our business operations will position Merck for future growth," he said.
Merck today reaffirmed its full-year 2008 non-GAAP (generally accepted accounting principles) earnings per share (EPS) guidance range of $3.28 to $3.32 that adjusts for certain items and a 2008 GAAP EPS range of $3.45 to $3.55. The Company has included in its full-year 2008 GAAP guidance:
A reconciliation of anticipated 2008 EPS as reported in accordance with GAAP to non-GAAP EPS that adjusts for certain items is provided in the table that follows:
|GAAP EPS||$3.45 to $3.55|
|EPS impact of items*||$(0.17) to $(0.23)|
|Non-GAAP EPS, which adjusts for items listed below 1
|$3.28 to $3.32|
|* Amount calculated as follows (In millions except per share amount):||Full-Year 2008|
|Costs related to the global restructuring programs||$1,500 to $1,300|
|Gain on distribution from AstraZeneca||(2,223)|
|Net (increase) decrease before income taxes||(723) to (923)|
|Income tax expense (benefit) on above items||367 to 427|
|(Increase) decrease in net income||$(356) to $(496)|
|EPS impact of items||$(0.17) to $(0.23)|
1 Merck is providing information on earnings per share in 2008 and 2009, adjusted for certain items, because of the nature of these items and the impact they have on the analysis of underlying business performance and trends. Management believes that providing this information enhances investors' understanding of the Company's performance. This information should be considered in addition to, but not in lieu of, earnings per share prepared in accordance with GAAP.
For the full-year 2009, the Company expects a non-GAAP EPS range of $3.15 to $3.30, excluding certain items and a 2009 GAAP EPS range of $2.95 to $3.17. The 2009 GAAP guidance includes a pretax charge of approximately $400 million to $600 million associated with the Company's global restructuring programs.
A reconciliation of 2009 EPS as reported in accordance with GAAP to non-GAAP EPS, which adjusts for certain items, is provided in the table that follows.
|GAAP EPS||$2.95 to $3.17|
|EPS impact of items*||$(0.20) to $(0.13)|
|Non-GAAP EPS, which adjusts for items listed below||$3.15 to $3.30|
|* Amount calculated as follows (In millions except per share amount):||Full-Year 2009|
|Costs related to the global restructuring program||$600 to $400|
|Income tax expense (benefit) on above items||(180) to (120)|
|(Increase) decrease in net earnings||420 to 280|
|EPS impact of items||$(0.20) to $(0.13)|
Details on the 2009 guidance can be found on page 6 of this release.
Peter N. Kellogg, executive vice president and chief financial officer, said "Merck's anticipated 2009 performance and the resulting cash flow, coupled with our strong balance sheet, will enable the Company to maintain our dividend at current levels, pursue share repurchases and take advantage of strategic opportunities."
Elements of Long-Term Guidance
The Company had previously provided guidance on the 2005 to 2010 time period. Merck anticipates non-GAAP revenues, including 50 percent of the revenues from our joint ventures, will have a compound annual growth rate of 2 to 4 percent from 2005 to 2010. Merck's GAAP reported sales, excluding 50 percent of the revenues from our joint ventures, are expected to have a compound annual growth rate of 1 to 3 percent from 2005 to 2010.
Non-GAAP EPS compound annual growth rate from 2005 to 2010 is expected to be in the mid-to-high single-digits, excluding certain items. Merck anticipates EPS compound annual growth rate on a GAAP basis to increase by double-digits over the same period. The non-GAAP EPS guidance excludes restructuring charges and net tax charges of $0.43 per share in 2005 and anticipated charges related to the 2008 restructuring program of $100 million to $400 million in 2010. For the purpose of the 2010 guidance, the Company is excluding any one-time gains that may result from AstraZeneca exercising its option with respect to AstraZeneca LP.
Merck anticipates capital expenditures of approximately $1.4 billion in 2008. Capital expenditures for 2009 are expected to be approximately $1.6 billion.
The Company will host a conference call to discuss the Company's financial guidance. Investors are invited to a live Web cast of Merck's conference call today at 8:00 a.m. EST by visiting the Newsroom section of the Merck Web site (www.merck.com/newsroom/webcast/). Institutional investors and analysts can participate in the call by dialing (706) 758-9927. Journalists are invited to listen by calling (706) 758-9928. A replay of the conference call will be available starting at 11 a.m. EST today through 5 p.m. EST on Dec. 11. To listen to the replay, dial (706) 645-9291 or (800) 642-1687 and enter ID # 73736995.
Merck Financial Guidance for 2008
Sales forecasts for Merck & Co., Inc. and major products for 2008 are as follows:
|Worldwide 2008 Sales
|Total Sales* (as recorded by Merck & Co., Inc.)||$23.7 to $24.0 billion|
|SINGULAIR (Respiratory)||$4.3 to $4.5 billion|
|COZAAR/HYZAAR (Hypertension)||$3.5 to $3.7 billion|
|FOSAMAX (Osteoporosis)||$1.4 to $1.7 billion|
|GARDASIL (as recorded by Merck & Co., Inc.)||$1.4 to $1.6 billion|
|Other Vaccines (as recorded by Merck & Co., Inc.)||$2.6 to $2.8 billion|
|Other reported products**||$7.8 to $8.2 billion|
** Other reported products comprise: ARCOXIA, CANCIDAS, COSOPT, CRIXIVAN, EMEND, INVANZ, ISENTRESS, JANUVIA, JANUMET, MAXALT, PRIMAXIN, PROPECIA, PROSCAR, STOCRIN, TIMOPTIC/TIMOPTIC XE, TRUSOPT, VASOTEC/VASERETIC, ZOCOR and ZOLINZA.
Given these guidance elements, Merck anticipates full-year 2008 non-GAAP EPS of $3.28 to $3.32, excluding certain items, and 2008 GAAP EPS in the range of $3.45 to $3.55.
Merck Financial Guidance for 2009
This guidance is based on recent exchange rates. Sales forecasts for Merck & Co., Inc. and major products for 2009 are as follows:
|Worldwide 2009 Sales
|Total Sales* (as recorded by Merck & Co., Inc.)||$23.7 to $24.2 billion|
|SINGULAIR (Respiratory)||$4.4 to $4.7 billion|
|COZAAR/HYZAAR (Hypertension)||$3.4 to $3.7 billion|
|JANUVIA/JANUMET (Diabetes)||$2.4 to $2.7 billion|
|GARDASIL (as recorded by Merck & Co., Inc.)||$1.4 to $1.6 billion|
|Other Vaccines (as recorded by Merck & Co., Inc.)||$2.8 to $3.1 billion
|Other reported products**||$6.6 to $7.0 billion|
** Other reported products comprise: ARCOXIA, CANCIDAS, COSOPT, CRIXIVAN, EMEND, FOSAMAX, INVANZ, ISENTRESS, MAXALT, PRIMAXIN, PROPECIA, PROSCAR, STOCRIN, TIMOPTIC/TIMOPTIC XE, TRUSOPT, VASOTEC/VASERETIC, ZOCOR and ZOLINZA.
Given these guidance elements, Merck anticipates full-year 2009 non-GAAP EPS of $3.15 to $3.30, excluding certain items, and 2009 GAAP EPS in the range of $2.95 to $3.17.
Merck & Co., Inc. is a global research-driven pharmaceutical company dedicated to putting patients first. Established in 1891, Merck discovers, develops, manufactures and markets vaccines and medicines to address unmet medical needs. The Company devotes extensive efforts to increase access to medicines through far-reaching programs that not only donate Merck medicines but help deliver them to the people who need them. Merck also publishes unbiased health information as a not-for-profit service. For more information, visit www.merck.com.
This press release contains "forward-looking statements" as that term is defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These statements are based on management's current expectations and involve risks and uncertainties, which may cause results to differ materially from those set forth in the statements. The forward-looking statements may include statements regarding product development, product potential or financial performance. No forward-looking statement can be guaranteed, and actual results may differ materially from those projected. Merck undertakes no obligation to publicly update any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise. Forward-looking statements in this press release should be evaluated together with the many uncertainties that affect Merck's business, particularly those mentioned in the risk factors and cautionary statements set forth in Item 1A of Merck's Form 10-K for the year ended Dec. 31, 2007, and in its periodic reports on Form 10-Q and Form 8-K, which the Company incorporates by reference.
Contact: Merck & Co., Inc.
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Posted: December 2008