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Quest Diagnostics Reports Third Quarter 2019 Financial Results
- Third quarter revenues of $1.96 billion, up 3.5% from 2018
- Third quarter reported diluted earnings per share from continuing operations ("EPS") of $1.56, up 2.8% from 2018; and adjusted diluted EPS of $1.76, up 4.8% from 2018
- Updates outlook for full year 2019 based on progress to date in 2019. Reported revenues now expected to be approximately $7.72 billion. Reported diluted EPS now expected to be between $5.48 and $5.53 and adjusted diluted EPS excluding amortization expense now expected to be between $6.45 and $6.50. Cash provided by operations remains at approximately $1.3 billion.

SECAUCUS, N.J., Oct. 22, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Quest Diagnostics Incorporated (NYSE: DGX), the world's leading provider of diagnostic information services, announced today financial results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2019.

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"We had a solid quarter of top and bottom-line growth," said Steve Rusckowski, Chairman, CEO and President. "While PAMA reimbursement pressures persist throughout the industry, our expanded network access and laser focus on driving operational excellence are enabling growth.  Based on our progress to date we have updated our outlook and are well-positioned to meet our commitments for the rest of the year."


Three Months Ended

September 30,


Nine Months Ended

September 30,


2019


2018


Change


2019


2018


Change


(dollars in millions, except per share data)

Reported:












Net revenues

$

1,956



$

1,889



3.5

%


$

5,800



$

5,692



1.9

%

Diagnostic Information Services revenues

$

1,877



$

1,810



3.7

%


$

5,561



$

5,448



2.1

%

Revenue per requisition





(1.2)

%






(2.1)

%

Requisition volume





5.1

%






4.3

%

  Organic requisition volume





3.7

%






3.0

%

Operating income (a)

$

313



$

304



2.9

%


$

868



$

881



(1.5)

%

Operating income as a percentage of net revenues (a)

16.0

%


16.1

%


(0.1)

%


15.0

%


15.5

%


(0.5)

%

Income from continuing operations attributable to Quest Diagnostics (a)

$

215



$

213



0.8

%


$

585



$

609



(3.9)

%

Diluted EPS from continuing operations (a)

$

1.56



$

1.53



2.8

%


$

4.27



$

4.37



(2.0)

%

Cash provided by operations

$

299



$

402



(25.6)

%


$

895



$

905



(1.1)

%

Capital expenditures

$

96



$

81



18.2

%


$

228



$

232



(1.7)

%













Adjusted (b):












Operating income

$

349



$

333



4.6

%


$

987



$

1,020



(3.2)

%

Operating income as a percentage of net revenues

17.9

%


17.7

%


0.2

%


17.0

%


17.9

%


(0.9)

%

Income from continuing operations attributable to Quest Diagnostics

$

241



$

235



2.6

%


$

668



$

691



(3.3)

%

Diluted EPS from continuing operations

$

1.76



$

1.68



4.8

%


$

4.89



$

4.95



(1.4)

%

 

(a)  

For further details impacting the year-over-year comparisons related to operating income, operating income as a percentage of net revenues, income from continuing operations attributable to Quest Diagnostics, and diluted EPS from continuing operations, see note 2 of the financial tables attached below.



(b)   

Beginning in 2019, the company has changed how it presents adjusted income measures to additionally exclude amortization expense for all periods presented.  We believe this presentation provides investors with additional insight to evaluate our performance period over period and relative to competitors, as well as to analyze the underlying trends in our business.

 

Updated Outlook for full year 2019

The company revised its full year 2019 outlook based on progress to date, as follows:


Current Outlook


Previous Outlook


Low


High


Low


High

Net revenues

Approximately $7.72 billion


$7.60 billion


$7.75 billion

Net revenue increase

Approximately 2.5%


1%


3%

Reported diluted EPS from continuing operations

$5.48


$5.53


Greater than $5.29

Adjusted diluted EPS

$6.45


$6.50


Greater than $6.40

Cash provided by operations

Approximately $1.3 billion


Approximately $1.3 billion

Capital expenditures

$350 million


$400 million


$350 million


$400 million

Note on Non-GAAP Financial Measures

As used in this press release the term "reported" refers to measures under accounting principles generally accepted in the United States ("GAAP"). The term "adjusted" refers to non-GAAP operating performance measures that exclude special items such as restructuring and integration charges, amortization expense, excess tax benefits ("ETB") associated with stock-based compensation and other items.

Non-GAAP adjusted measures are presented because management believes those measures are useful adjuncts to GAAP results. Non-GAAP adjusted measures should not be considered as an alternative to the corresponding measures determined under GAAP. Management may use these non-GAAP measures to evaluate our performance period over period and relative to competitors, to analyze the underlying trends in our business, to establish operational budgets and forecasts and for incentive compensation purposes. We believe that these non-GAAP measures are useful to investors and analysts to evaluate our performance period over period and relative to competitors, as well as to analyze the underlying trends in our business and to assess our performance. The additional tables attached below include reconciliations of non-GAAP adjusted measures to GAAP measures.

Conference Call Information

Quest Diagnostics will hold its quarterly conference call to discuss financial results beginning at 8:30 a.m. Eastern Time today.  The conference call can be accessed by dialing 888-455-0391 within the U.S. and Canada, or 773-756-0467 internationally, passcode: Investor; or via live webcast on the company's website at www.QuestDiagnostics.com/investor.  The company suggests participants dial in approximately 10 minutes before the call.

A replay of the call may be accessed online at www.QuestDiagnostics.com/investor or by phone at 888-566-0408 for domestic callers or 402-998-0597 for international callers. No passcode is required.  Telephone replays will be available from approximately 10:30 a.m. Eastern Time on October 22, 2019 until midnight Eastern Time on November 5, 2019.  Anyone listening to the call is encouraged to read the company's periodic reports, on file with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including the discussion of risk factors and historical results of operations and financial condition in those reports.

About Quest Diagnostics

Quest Diagnostics empowers people to take action to improve health outcomes.  Derived from the world's largest database of clinical lab results, our diagnostic insights reveal new avenues to identify and treat disease, inspire healthy behaviors and improve health care management.  Quest annually serves one in three adult Americans and half the physicians and hospitals in the United States, and our 46,000 employees understand that, in the right hands and with the right context, our diagnostic insights can inspire actions that transform lives. www.QuestDiagnostics.com.

The statements in this press release which are not historical facts may be forward-looking statements.  Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date that they are made and which reflect management's current estimates, projections, expectations or beliefs and which involve risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results and outcomes to be materially different. Risks and uncertainties that may affect the future results of the company include, but are not limited to, adverse results from pending or future government investigations, lawsuits or private actions, the competitive environment, the complexity of billing, reimbursement and revenue recognition for clinical laboratory testing, changes in government regulations, changing relationships with customers, payers, suppliers or strategic partners and other factors discussed in the company's most recently filed Annual Report on Form 10-K and in any of the company's subsequently filed Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q and Current Reports on Form 8-K, including those discussed in the "Business," "Risk Factors," "Cautionary Factors that May Affect Future Results" and "Management's Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations" sections of those reports.

This earnings release, including the attached financial tables, is available online in the Newsroom section at www.QuestDiagnostics.com.

ADDITIONAL TABLES FOLLOW

 

Quest Diagnostics Incorporated and Subsidiaries
Consolidated Statements of Operations
For the Three and Nine Months Ended September 30, 2019 and 2018
(in millions, except per share data)
(unaudited)



Three Months Ended

September 30,


Nine Months Ended

 September 30,


2019


2018


2019


2018

Net revenues

$

1,956



$

1,889



$

5,800



$

5,692










Operating costs and expenses and other operating income:








Cost of services

1,264



1,222



3,773



3,691


Selling, general and administrative

362



354



1,108



1,068


Amortization of intangible assets

23



22



72



66


Other operating income, net

(6)



(13)



(21)



(14)


Total operating costs and expenses, net

1,643



1,585



4,932



4,811










Operating income

313



304



868



881










Other income (expense):








Interest expense, net

(44)



(41)



(133)



(124)


Other income, net

1



3



13



2


Total non-operating expenses, net

(43)



(38)



(120)



(122)










Income from continuing operations before income taxes and equity in earnings of equity method investees

270



266



748



759


Income tax expense

(62)



(48)



(175)



(142)


Equity in earnings of equity method investees, net of taxes

18



9



48



32


Income from continuing operations

226



227



621



649


Income from discontinued operations, net of taxes





20




Net income

226



227



641



649


Less: Net income attributable to noncontrolling interests

11



14



36



40


Net income attributable to Quest Diagnostics

$

215



$

213



$

605



$

609










Amounts attributable to Quest Diagnostics' common stockholders:








Income from continuing operations

$

215



$

213



$

585



$

609


Income from discontinued operations, net of taxes





20




Net income

$

215



$

213



$

605



$

609


















Earnings per share attributable to Quest Diagnostics' common stockholders - basic:








Income from continuing operations

$

1.59



$

1.56



$

4.33



$

4.46


Income from discontinued operations





0.15




Net income

$

1.59



$

1.56



$

4.48



$

4.46


















Earnings per share attributable to Quest Diagnostics' common stockholders - diluted:








Income from continuing operations

$

1.56



$

1.53



$

4.27



$

4.37


Income from discontinued operations





0.15




Net income

$

1.56



$

1.53



$

4.42



$

4.37


















Weighted average common shares outstanding:








Basic

135



136



135



136


Diluted

137



139



136



139


 

 

Quest Diagnostics Incorporated and Subsidiaries
Consolidated Balance Sheets
September 30, 2019 and December 31, 2018
(in millions, except per share data)
(unaudited)



September 30,
 2019


December 31,
 2018

Assets




Current assets:




Cash and cash equivalents

$

434



$

135


Accounts receivable, net

1,117



1,012


Inventories

112



99


Prepaid expenses and other current assets

116



144


Total current assets

1,779



1,390


Property, plant and equipment, net

1,351



1,288


Operating lease right-of-use assets

508




Goodwill

6,617



6,563


Intangible assets, net

1,138



1,207


Investment in equity method investees

474



436


Other assets

152



119


Total assets

$

12,019



$

11,003






Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity




Current liabilities:




Accounts payable and accrued expenses

$

1,059



$

1,021


Current portion of long-term debt

805



464


Current portion of long-term operating lease liabilities

147




Total current liabilities

2,011



1,485


Long-term debt

3,188



3,429


Long-term operating lease liabilities

405




Other liabilities

685



745


Redeemable noncontrolling interest

76



77


Stockholders' equity:




Quest Diagnostics stockholders' equity:




Common stock, par value $0.01 per share; 600 shares authorized as of both September 30, 2019 and December 31, 2018; 217 shares issued as of both September 30, 2019 and December 31, 2018

2



2


Additional paid-in capital

2,705



2,667


Retained earnings

7,992



7,602


Accumulated other comprehensive loss

(55)



(59)


Treasury stock, at cost; 82 shares as of both September 30, 2019 and December 31, 2018

(5,039)



(4,996)


Total Quest Diagnostics stockholders' equity

5,605



5,216


Noncontrolling interests

49



51


Total stockholders' equity

5,654



5,267


Total liabilities and stockholders' equity

$

12,019



$

11,003


 

 

Quest Diagnostics Incorporated and Subsidiaries
Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows
For the Nine Months Ended September 30, 2019 and 2018
(in millions)
(unaudited)



Nine Months Ended

September 30,


2019


2018

Cash flows from operating activities:




Net income

$

641



$

649


Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by operating activities:




Depreciation and amortization

247



228


Provision for doubtful accounts

9



2


Deferred income tax provision

15



52


Stock-based compensation expense

44



53


Other, net

(44)



7


Changes in operating assets and liabilities:




Accounts receivable

(113)



(166)


Accounts payable and accrued expenses

80



51


Income taxes payable

9



(1)


Other assets and liabilities, net

7



30


Net cash provided by operating activities

895



905






Cash flows from investing activities:




Business acquisitions, net of cash acquired

(56)



(219)


Capital expenditures

(228)



(232)


Increase in investments and other assets

(27)



(4)


Net cash used in investing activities

(311)



(455)






Cash flows from financing activities:




Proceeds from borrowings

1,484



1,630


Repayments of debt

(1,448)



(1,665)


Purchases of treasury stock

(153)



(150)


Exercise of stock options

98



95


Employee payroll tax withholdings on stock issued under stock-based compensation plans

(16)



(20)


Dividends paid

(215)



(198)


Distributions to noncontrolling interest partners

(39)



(41)


Contributions from noncontrolling interest partners



12


Other financing activities, net

4



13


Net cash used in financing activities

(285)



(324)






Net change in cash and cash equivalents and restricted cash

299



126


Cash and cash equivalents and restricted cash, beginning of period

135



137


Cash and cash equivalents and restricted cash, end of period

$

434



$

263






Cash and cash equivalents

$

434



$

263


Restricted cash




Cash and cash equivalents and restricted cash, end of period

$

434



$

263






Cash paid during the period for:




Interest

$

149



$

114


Income taxes

$

148



$

70



 

 

Notes to Financial Tables


1)       The computation of basic and diluted earnings per common share is as follows:



Three Months Ended

September 30,


Nine Months Ended

September 30,


2019


2018


2019


2018


(in millions, except per share data)

Amounts attributable to Quest Diagnostics' common stockholders:








Income from continuing operations

$

215



$

213



$

585



$

609


Income from discontinued operations, net of taxes





20




Net income attributable to Quest Diagnostics' common stockholders

$

215



$

213



$

605



$

609










Income from continuing operations

$

215



$

213



$

585



$

609


Less: earnings allocated to participating securities

1



1



2



2


Earnings available to Quest Diagnostics' common stockholders - basic and diluted

$

214



$

212



$

583



$

607










Weighted average common shares outstanding - basic

135



136



135



136


Effect of dilutive securities:








Stock options and performance share units

2



3



1



3


Weighted average common shares outstanding - diluted

137



139



136



139










Earnings per share attributable to Quest Diagnostics' common stockholders - basic:








Income from continuing operations

$

1.59



$

1.56



$

4.33



$

4.46


Income from discontinued operations





0.15




Net income

$

1.59



$

1.56



$

4.48



$

4.46










Earnings per share attributable to Quest Diagnostics' common stockholders - diluted:








Income from continuing operations

$

1.56



$

1.53



$

4.27



$

4.37


Income from discontinued operations





0.15




Net income

$

1.56



$

1.53



$

4.42



$

4.37


 

 

2)       The following tables reconcile reported GAAP results to non-GAAP adjusted results:



Three Months Ended September 30, 2019

(dollars in millions, except per share data)


Operating

 income


Operating

income as a

percentage of

net revenues


Income tax

expense (c)


Equity in

earnings of

equity

method

investees, net

of taxes


Income from

continuing

operations 

attributable

to Quest

Diagnostics


Diluted EPS

from

continuing

operations

As reported

$

313



16.0

%


$

(62)



$

18



$

215



$

1.56


Restructuring and integration charges (a)

16



0.8



(4)





12



0.09


Other (b)

(3)



(0.1)



1





(2)



(0.01)


Amortization expense

23



1.2



(6)



2



19



0.14


ETB





(3)





(3)



(0.02)


As adjusted

$

349



17.9

%


$

(74)



$

20



$

241



$

1.76







Nine Months Ended September 30, 2019

(dollars in millions, except per share data)


Operating

income


Operating

 income as a

 percentage of

net revenues


Income tax

expense (c)


Equity in

 earnings of

 equity

 method

 investees, net

of taxes


Income from

continuing

operations

attributable

to Quest

Diagnostics


Diluted EPS

from

continuing

operations

As reported

$

868



15.0

%


$

(175)



$

48



$

585



$

4.27


Restructuring and integration charges (a)

64



1.1



(17)





47



0.35


Other (b)

(17)



(0.3)







(17)



(0.11)


Amortization expense

72



1.2



(20)



12



64



0.46


ETB





(11)





(11)



(0.08)


As adjusted

$

987



17.0

%


$

(223)



$

60



$

668



$

4.89







Three Months Ended September 30, 2018

(dollars in millions, except per share data)


Operating

income


Operating

income as a

percentage of

net revenues


Income tax

expense (c)


Equity in

 earnings of

 equity

 method

 investees, net

 of taxes


Income from

continuing

operations

attributable

to Quest

Diagnostics


Diluted EPS

from

continuing

operations

As reported

$

304



16.1

%


$

(48)



$

9



$

213



$

1.53


Restructuring and integration charges (a)

19



1.0



(5)





14



0.10


Other (b)

(12)



(0.6)



4





(8)



(0.06)


Amortization expense

22



1.2



(7)



5



20



0.13


ETB





(4)





(4)



(0.02)


As adjusted

$

333



17.7

%


$

(60)



$

14



$

235



$

1.68







Nine Months Ended September 30, 2018

(dollars in millions, except per share data)


Operating

income


Operating

income as a

percentage of

net revenues


Income tax

expense (c)


Equity in

 earnings of

 equity

method

investees, net

of taxes


Income from

continuing

operations

attributable

to Quest

Diagnostics


Diluted EPS

 from

continuing

operations

As reported

$

881



15.5

%


$

(142)



$

32



$

609



$

4.37


Restructuring and integration charges (a)

75



1.3



(19)





56



0.40


Other (b)

(2)





1





(1)



(0.01)


Amortization expense

66



1.1



(20)



13



59



0.41


ETB





(17)





(17)



(0.12)


Certain income tax benefits (d)





(15)





(15)



(0.10)


As adjusted

$

1,020



17.9

%


$

(212)



$

45



$

691



$

4.95


 


(a)    

For the three and nine months ended September 30, 2019, represents costs primarily associated with systems conversions and integration incurred in connection with further restructuring and integrating our business.  For the three and nine months ended September 30, 2018, represents costs primarily associated with workforce reductions, systems conversions and integration incurred in connection with further restructuring and integrating our business. The following table summarizes the pre-tax impact of restructuring and integration charges on the company's consolidated statements of operations:

 


Three Months Ended

September 30,


Nine Months Ended

September 30,


2019


2018


2019


2018


(dollars in millions)

Cost of services

$

7



$

10



$

29



$

36


Selling, general and administrative

9



9



35



38


Other operating income, net







1


Operating income

$

16



$

19



$

64



$

75


 


(b)    

For the three months ended September 30, 2019, the pre-tax impact primarily represents a gain associated with the decrease in the fair value of the contingent consideration accrual associated with a previous acquisition, partially offset by costs incurred related to a data security incident.  For the nine months ended September 30, 2019, the pre-tax impact primarily represents a gain associated with an insurance claim for hurricane related losses and a gain associated with the decrease in the fair value of the contingent consideration accruals associated with previous acquisitions partially offset by non-cash asset impairment charges and costs incurred related to a data security incident.






For the three months ended September 30, 2018, primarily represents a gain associated with the decrease in the fair value of the contingent consideration accrual associated with a previous acquisition, partially offset by non-cash asset impairment charges.  For the nine months ended September 30, 2018, primarily represents a gain associated with the decrease in the fair value of the contingent consideration accrual associated with a previous acquisition and an insurance claim for hurricane related losses, partially offset by costs incurred related to certain legal matters and non-cash asset impairment charges.  The following table summarizes the pre-tax impact of these other items on the company's consolidated statements of operations:

 


Three Months Ended

September 30,


Nine Months Ended

September 30,


2019


2018


2019


2018


(dollars in millions)

Cost of sales

$



$

1



$



$

12


Selling, general and administrative

4





5




Other operating income, net

(7)



(13)



(22)



(14)


Operating income

$

(3)



$

(12)



$

(17)



$

(2)


 


(c)     

For restructuring and integration charges, other items and amortization expense, income tax impacts, where recorded, were primarily calculated using combined statutory tax rates of 25.5% for both 2019 and 2018.  For the gain associated with an insurance claim for hurricane related losses in 2019, there was no net income tax expense as the company is able to utilize net operating loss carryforwards for which a valuation allowance had previously been established.  For the gain in 2019 associated with the decrease in the fair value of the contingent consideration accrual associated with previous acquisitions, there was no net income tax expense related to acquisitions in which the gain is non-taxable.





(d)    

Represents an income tax benefit associated with a change in a tax return accounting method that enabled the company to accelerate the deduction of certain expenses on its 2017 tax return at the federal corporate statutory tax rate in effect during 2017.




3)

Discontinued operations, net of taxes, for the nine months ended September 30, 2019 includes discrete tax benefits of $20 million associated with the favorable resolution of certain tax contingencies related to Nichols Institute Diagnostics, a test kit manufacturing subsidiary whose operations were discontinued in 2006.



4)

For the three months ended September 30, 2019, the company repurchased 0.5 million shares of its common stock for $50 million.  For the nine months ended September 30, 2019, the company repurchased 1.6 million shares of its common stock for $150 million.  As of September 30, 2019, $0.4 billion remained available under the company's share repurchase authorizations.        



5)

For the three months ended September 30, 2019, net cash provided by operations included $36 million of higher income tax payments and $30 million of higher interest payments compared to the prior year period.



6)

The outlook for adjusted diluted EPS represents management's estimates for the full year 2019 before the impact of special items, including ETB and amortization expense.  Further impacts to earnings related to special items may occur throughout 2019.  Additionally, the amount of ETB is dependent upon employee stock option exercises and the company's stock price, which are difficult to predict.  The following table reconciles our 2019 outlook for adjusted diluted EPS to the corresponding amounts determined under GAAP:

 


Low


High

Diluted earnings per common share from continuing operations

$

5.48



$

5.53


Restructuring and integration charges (a)

0.56



0.56


Other

(0.11)



(0.11)


Amortization expense (b)

0.61



0.61


ETB

(0.09)



(0.09)


Adjusted diluted EPS

$

6.45



$

6.50


 


(a) 

Represents estimated full year pre-tax charges of $102 million primarily associated with systems conversions and integration costs incurred in connection with further restructuring and integrating our business.  Income tax benefits were calculated using a combined statutory tax rate of 25.5%.





(b)  

Represents the estimated impact of amortization expense for 2019 on the calculation of adjusted diluted EPS.  Amortization expense used in the calculation is as follows (dollars in millions):

 

Amortization of intangible assets

$

96


Amortization expense included in equity in earnings of equity method investees, net of taxes

15


Total pre-tax amortization expense

$

111




Total amortization expense, net of an estimated tax benefit using a combined statutory tax rate of 25.5%

$

83


 

SOURCE Quest Diagnostics Incorporated

For further information: Denny Moynihan, Quest Diagnostics (Media): 973-520-2800, Shawn Bevec, Quest Diagnostics (Investors): 973-520-2900