SECAUCUS, N.J., Sept. 27, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Quest Diagnostics Incorporated (NYSE: DGX), the world's leading provider of diagnostic information services, announced today that for the third quarter of 2017 it expects a reduction in revenues of approximately 1.5% and a reduction in both reported earnings per share and adjusted diluted earnings per share of approximately $0.10 due to recent hurricanes. The financial impact of these events is primarily attributable to the company's operations in Florida and Texas, states where the company has a proportionately large presence. The financial impact also includes the impact of disruptions due to hurricanes in Puerto Rico and the earthquake in Mexico. Operations have largely returned to normal in Florida and Texas.
"While our facilities in Florida and Texas remained operational and did not suffer significant damage, our customers faced challenges accessing our services," said Steve Rusckowski, Chairman, President and CEO of Quest Diagnostics. "Thanks to the tremendous efforts of our committed employees, our operations in Florida and Texas have largely returned to normal. We do not expect any long-term impact to our financial results from Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. "
Excluding the anticipated impact of hurricanes in the third quarter, the company reaffirms the 2017 guidance provided on July 25, 2017.
The company will provide a more detailed assessment of its results when it reports third quarter 2017 financial results on October 19, 2017.
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