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Quest Diagnostics Reports Record Fourth Quarter And Full Year 2019 Revenues And Earnings; Provides Guidance For Full Year 2020; Increases Dividend 5.7% To $0.56 Per Quarter
- Record fourth quarter revenues of $1.93 billion, up 4.8% versus 2018
- Record fourth quarter diluted earnings per share from continuing operations ("EPS") of $1.86, up 101.2% from 2018 primarily due to a gain associated with the sale and leaseback of a property; and record adjusted diluted EPS of $1.67, up 23.7% from 2018
- Record full year revenues of $7.73 billion, up 2.6% from 2018
- Record full year diluted EPS of $6.13, up 15.9% from 2018 primarily due to the sale and leaseback of a property; and record adjusted diluted EPS of $6.56, up 4.0% from 2018
- Record full year cash provided by operations of $1.24 billion, up 3.6% from 2018
- Full year 2020 reported diluted EPS expected to be greater than $5.51, and adjusted diluted EPS to be greater than $6.60

SECAUCUS, N.J., Jan. 30, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Quest Diagnostics Incorporated (NYSE: DGX), the world's leading provider of diagnostic information services, announced today financial results for the fourth quarter and full year ended December 31, 2019.

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"We had a solid fourth quarter and ended the year by delivering record revenues, earnings and cash from operations," said Steve Rusckowski, Chairman, CEO and President.  "Strong volume growth from expanded health plan network access, combined with outstanding execution of our Operational Excellence strategy, helped us offset significant reimbursement pressure.

"Quest is well positioned once again in 2020 to deliver on our commitment to grow revenues and earnings.  We have a strong value proposition that supports health care's triple aim of improving medical quality and the patient experience while reducing the cost of care.  Our guidance for 2020 reflects our continued momentum, partially offset by yet another year of meaningful reimbursement pressure."


Three Months Ended December 31,


Twelve Months Ended December 31,


2019


2018


Change


2019


2018


Change


(dollars in millions, except per share data)

Reported:












Net revenues

$

1,926



$

1,839



4.8

%


$

7,726



$

7,531



2.6

%

Diagnostic information services revenues

$

1,844



$

1,756



5.1

%


$

7,405



$

7,204



2.8

%

Revenue per requisition





1.2

%






(1.3)

%

Requisition volume





4.1

%






4.3

%

Organic requisition volume





3.4

%






3.1

%

Operating income (a)

$

363



$

220



65.1

%


$

1,231



$

1,101



11.8

%

Operating income as a percentage of net revenues
  (a)

18.8

%


12.0

%


6.8

%


15.9

%


14.6

%


1.3

%

Income from continuing operations attributable to 
   Quest Diagnostics (a)

$

253



$

127



98.7

%


$

838



$

736



13.8

%

Diluted EPS from continuing operations (a)

$

1.86



$

0.92



101.2

%


$

6.13



$

5.29



15.9

%

Cash provided by operations

$

348



$

295



17.7

%


$

1,243



$

1,200



3.6

%

Capital expenditures

$

172



$

151



14.2

%


$

400



$

383



4.6

%













Adjusted (b):












Operating income

$

329



$

295



11.5

%


$

1,316



$

1,315



0.1

%

Operating income as a percentage of net revenues

17.0

%


16.0

%


1.0

%


17.0

%


17.5

%


(0.5)

%

Income from continuing operations attributable to
Quest Diagnostics

$

228



$

187



22.1

%


$

896



$

878



2.1

%

Diluted EPS from continuing operations

$

1.67



$

1.36



23.7

%


$

6.56



$

6.31



4.0

%



(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.

 

Dividend and Share Repurchase Authority Increased

Quest Diagnostics' Board of Directors authorized a 5.7% increase in its quarterly dividend from $0.53 to $0.56 per share, or $2.24 per share annually, payable on April 21, 2020 to shareholders of record of Quest Diagnostics common stock on April 7, 2020. This dividend increase is the company's ninth since 2011.

The Board also increased the company's share repurchase authorization by $1 billion, bringing the total authorization available to $1.2 billion as of December 31, 2019.

Guidance for Full Year 2020

The company estimates full year 2020 results as follows:


Low


High

Net revenues

$7.80 billion


$7.96 billion

Net revenues increase

1.0%


3.0%

Reported diluted EPS

Greater than $5.51

Adjusted diluted EPS

Greater than $6.60

Cash provided by operations

$1.25 billion


$1.30 billion

Capital expenditures

$375 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, the gain associated with the sale and leaseback of a property, 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 866-357-4210 for domestic callers or 203-369-0125 for international callers. No passcode is required.  Telephone replays will be available from approximately 10:30 a.m. Eastern Time on January 30, 2020 until midnight Eastern Time on February 13, 2020.  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 Twelve Months Ended December 31, 2019 and 2018
(in millions, except per share data)
(unaudited)



Three Months Ended December 31,


Twelve Months Ended December 31,


2019


2018


2019


2018

Net revenues

$

1,926



$

1,839



$

7,726



$

7,531










Operating costs and expenses and other operating (income) expense:








Cost of services

1,264



1,235



5,037



4,926


Selling, general and administrative

349



356



1,457



1,424


Amortization of intangible assets

24



24



96



90


Other operating (income) expense, net

(74)



4



(95)



(10)


Total operating costs and expenses, net

1,563



1,619



6,495



6,430










Operating income

363



220



1,231



1,101










Other (expense) income:








Interest expense, net

(42)



(43)



(175)



(167)


Other income (expense), net

7



(10)



20



(8)


Total non-operating expenses, net

(35)



(53)



(155)



(175)










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

328



167



1,076



926


Income tax expense

(72)



(40)



(247)



(182)


Equity in earnings of equity method investees, net of taxes

9



12



57



44


Income from continuing operations

265



139



886



788


Income from discontinued operations, net of taxes





20




Net income

265



139



906



788


Less: Net income attributable to noncontrolling interests

12



12



48



52


Net income attributable to Quest Diagnostics

$

253



$

127



$

858



$

736










Amounts attributable to Quest Diagnostics' common stockholders:








Income from continuing operations

$

253



$

127



$

838



$

736


Income from discontinued operations, net of taxes





20




Net income

$

253



$

127



$

858



$

736










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








Income from continuing operations

$

1.88



$

0.93



$

6.21



$

5.39


Income from discontinued operations





0.15




Net income

$

1.88



$

0.93



$

6.36



$

5.39










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








Income from continuing operations

$

1.86



$

0.92



$

6.13



$

5.29


Income from discontinued operations





0.15




Net income

$

1.86



$

0.92



$

6.28



$

5.29










Weighted average common shares outstanding:








Basic

134



136



134



136


Diluted

136



137



136



139










 

 

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



December 31,
2019


December 31,
2018

Assets




Current assets:




Cash and cash equivalents

$

1,192



$

135


Accounts receivable, net

1,063



1,012


Inventories

123



99


Prepaid expenses and other current assets

112



144


Total current assets

2,490



1,390


Property, plant and equipment, net

1,453



1,288


Operating lease right-of-use assets

518




Goodwill

6,619



6,563


Intangible assets, net

1,121



1,207


Investment in equity method investees

482



436


Other assets

160



119


Total assets

$

12,843



$

11,003






Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity




Current liabilities:




Accounts payable and accrued expenses

$

1,041



$

1,021


Current portion of long-term debt

804



464


Current portion of long-term operating lease liabilities

145




Total current liabilities

1,990



1,485


Long-term debt

3,966



3,429


Long-term operating lease liabilities

413




Other liabilities

711



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 December 31, 2019
   and 2018; 217 shares issued as of both December 31, 2019 and 2018

2



2


Additional paid-in capital

2,722



2,667


Retained earnings

8,174



7,602


Accumulated other comprehensive loss

(39)



(59)


Treasury stock, at cost; 84 shares and 82 shares as of December 31, 2019 and 2018, respectively

(5,218)



(4,996)


Total Quest Diagnostics stockholders' equity

5,641



5,216


Noncontrolling interests

46



51


Total stockholders' equity

5,687



5,267


Total liabilities and stockholders' equity

$

12,843



$

11,003


 

Quest Diagnostics Incorporated and Subsidiaries
Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows
For the Twelve Months Ended December 31, 2019 and 2018
(in millions)
(unaudited)



Twelve Months Ended
December 31,


2019


2018

Cash flows from operating activities:




Net income

$

906



$

788


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




Depreciation and amortization

329



309


Provision for doubtful accounts

11



6


Deferred income tax provision

15



73


Stock-based compensation expense

56



61


(Gains) losses on sale of property, plant and equipment

(70)



6


Other, net

(39)



6


Changes in operating assets and liabilities:




Accounts receivable

(63)



(65)


Accounts payable and accrued expenses

73



(19)


Income taxes payable

29



4


Other assets and liabilities, net

(4)



31


Net cash provided by operating activities

1,243



1,200






Cash flows from investing activities:




Business acquisitions, net of cash acquired

(58)



(421)


Proceeds from disposition of business



2


Proceeds from disposition of property, plant and equipment

91



2


Capital expenditures

(400)



(383)


Increase in investments and other assets

(44)



(1)


Net cash used in investing activities

(411)



(801)






Cash flows from financing activities:




Proceeds from borrowings

2,281



2,090


Repayments of debt

(1,449)



(1,966)


Purchases of treasury stock

(353)



(322)


Exercise of stock options

119



99


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

(16)



(21)


Dividends paid

(286)



(266)


Distributions to noncontrolling interest partners

(54)



(54)


Contributions from noncontrolling interest partners



16


Other financing activities, net

(17)



23


Net cash provided by (used in) financing activities

225



(401)






Net change in cash and cash equivalents and restricted cash

1,057



(2)


Cash and cash equivalents and restricted cash, beginning of period

135



137


Cash and cash equivalents and restricted cash, end of period

$

1,192



$

135






Cash and cash equivalents

$

1,192



$

135


Restricted cash




Cash and cash equivalents and restricted cash, end of period

$

1,192



$

135






Cash paid during the period for:




Interest

$

192



$

174


Income taxes

$

202



$

84


 

Notes to Financial Tables


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




Three Months Ended December 31,


Twelve Months Ended December 31,


2019


2018


2019


2018


(in millions, except per share data)

Amounts attributable to Quest Diagnostics' common stockholders:








Income from continuing operations

$

253



$

127



$

838



$

736


Income from discontinued operations, net of taxes





20




Net income attributable to Quest Diagnostics' common stockholders

$

253



$

127



$

858



$

736










Income from continuing operations

$

253



$

127



$

838



$

736


Less: Earnings allocated to participating securities

1



1



3



3


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

$

252



$

126



$

835



$

733










Weighted average common shares outstanding - basic

134



136



134



136


Effect of dilutive securities:








Stock options and performance share units

2



1



2



3


Weighted average common shares outstanding - diluted

136



137



136



139










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








Income from continuing operations

$

1.88



$

0.93



$

6.21



$

5.39


Income from discontinued operations





0.15




Net income

$

1.88



$

0.93



$

6.36



$

5.39










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








Income from continuing operations

$

1.86



$

0.92



$

6.13



$

5.29


Income from discontinued operations





0.15




Net income

$

1.86



$

0.92



$

6.28



$

5.29


 

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




Three Months Ended December 31, 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

$

363



18.8

%


$

(72)



$

9



$

253



$

1.86


Restructuring and
integration charges (a)

14



0.7



(4)





10



0.07


Other (b)

(72)



(3.8)



18





(54)



(0.39)


Amortization expense

24



1.3



(6)



3



21



0.15


ETB





(2)





(2)



(0.02)


As adjusted

$

329



17.0

%


$

(66)



$

12



$

228



$

1.67







Twelve Months Ended December 31, 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

$

1,231



15.9

%


$

(247)



$

57



$

838



$

6.13


Restructuring and
integration charges (a)

78



1.0



(21)





57



0.42


Other (b)

(89)



(1.1)



18





(71)



(0.50)


Amortization expense

96



1.2



(26)



15



85



0.61


ETB





(13)





(13)



(0.10)


As adjusted

$

1,316



17.0

%


$

(289)



$

72



$

896



$

6.56







Three Months Ended December 31, 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

$

220



12.0

%


$

(40)



$

12



$

127



$

0.92


Restructuring and
integration charges (a)

47



2.5



(12)





35



0.26


Other (b)

4



0.2







4



0.02


Amortization expense

24



1.3



(7)



4



21



0.16


ETB





(1)





(1)



(0.01)


Certain income tax items
(d)





1





1



0.01


As adjusted

$

295



16.0

%


$

(59)



$

16



$

187



$

1.36







Twelve Months Ended December 31, 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

$

1,101



14.6

%


$

(182)



$

44



$

736



$

5.29


Restructuring and
integration charges (a)

122



1.7



(31)





91



0.66


Other (b)

2





1





3



0.01


Amortization expense

90



1.2



(27)



17



80



0.57


ETB





(18)





(18)



(0.13)


Certain income tax items
(d)





(14)





(14)



(0.09)


As adjusted

$

1,315



17.5

%


$

(271)



$

61



$

878



$

6.31





(a)

For the three and twelve months ended December 31, 2019, represents costs primarily associated with systems
conversions and integration incurred in connection with further restructuring and integrating our business.  For the
three and twelve months ended December 31, 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
December 31,


Twelve Months Ended
December 31,


2019


2018


2019


2018


(dollars in millions)

Cost of services

$

6



$

20



$

35



$

56


Selling, general and administrative

8



27



43



65


Other operating (income) expense, net







1










Operating income

$

14



$

47



$

78



$

122




(b) 

For the three months ended December 31, 2019, primarily represents a gain associated with the sale and leaseback of a property.  For
the twelve months ended December 31, 2019, the pre-tax impact primarily represents a gain associated with the sale and leaseback of
a property, a gain associated with the decrease in the fair value of the contingent consideration accruals associated with
previous acquisitions, and a gain associated with an insurance claim for hurricane related losses, partially offset by
costs incurred related to a data security incident and non-cash asset impairment charges.




For the three months ended December 31, 2018, primarily represents the loss on the sale of a foreign subsidiary.  For
the twelve months ended December 31, 2018, primarily represents costs incurred related to certain legal matters and a
loss on the sale of a foreign subsidiary, which were partially offset by 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.




The following table summarizes the pre-tax impact of these other items on the company's consolidated statement of
operations:

 


Three Months Ended
December 31,


Twelve Months Ended
December 31,


2019


2018


2019


2018


(dollars in millions)

Cost of services

$



$



$



$

12


Selling, general and administrative

1





6




Other operating (income) expense, net

(73)



4



(95)



(10)


Operating income

$

(72)



$

4



$

(89)



$

2







(c)

For restructuring and integration charges, other items and amortization expense, income tax impacts, where recorded,
were primarily calculated using combined statutory income 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 accruals
associated with previous acquisitions, there was no net income tax expense related to acquisitions in which the gain is
non-taxable.







(d)

For the three months ended December 31, 2018, represents an income tax expense associated with finalizing the
impact of the enactment of the Tax Cut and Jobs Act ("TCJA").  For the twelve months ended December 31, 2018,
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, partially offset by an income tax expense associated with finalizing the impact of the enactment of TCJA.





3)

Discontinued operations, net of taxes, for the twelve months ended December 31, 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 December 31, 2019, the company repurchased 1.9 million shares of its common stock for $200
million.  For the twelve months ended December 31, 2019, the company repurchased 3.5 million shares of its common stock for
$350 million.  As of December 31, 2019, $1.2 billion remained available under the company's share repurchase authorizations.



5)

The outlook for adjusted diluted EPS represents management's estimates for the full year 2020 before the impact of special items,
including ETB and amortization expense.  Further impacts to earnings related to special items may occur throughout 2020. 
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 2020 outlook for adjusted diluted EPS to the corresponding amounts
determined under GAAP:

 



Diluted earnings per common share

$

5.51


Restructuring and integration charges (a)

0.55


Amortization expense (b)

0.64


ETB

(0.10)


Adjusted diluted EPS

$

6.60






(a) 

Represents estimated full year pre-tax charges of $100 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 income tax rate of 25.5%.



(b)

Represents the estimated impact of amortization expense for 2020 on the calculation of adjusted diluted EPS. 
Amortization expense used in the calculation is as follows (dollars in millions):

 

Amortization of intangible assets


$

107


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


11





Total pre-tax amortization expense


$

118





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


$

88


 

 

SOURCE Quest Diagnostics Incorporated

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