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Stryker reports 2020 operating results and 2021 outlook

Kalamazoo, Michigan, Jan. 27, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Stryker (NYSE:SYK) reported operating results for the fourth quarter and full year of 2020 and 2021 outlook:

The response to the COVID-19 pandemic has included measures to slow the spread of the virus taken by governments and health care authorities globally, including the postponement of deferrable medical procedures and social contact restrictions, which have had a significant negative impact on our operations and financial results.

Fourth Quarter Results

  • Reported net sales increased 3.2% to $4.3 billion
  • Organic net sales decreased 1.1%
  • Reported operating income margin of 17.6%
  • Adjusted operating income margin(1) expanded 90 bps to 29.2%
  • Reported EPS decreased 21.6% to $1.49
  • Adjusted EPS(1) increased 12.9% to $2.81

Fourth Quarter Net Sales Growth Overview


Fourth Quarter Net Sales Growth Overview
 Reported Foreign Currency Exchange Constant Currency Acquisitions Organic
Orthopaedics4.0 % 1.2 % 2.8 % 8.6 % (5.8)%
MedSurg2.3   0.8   1.5   0.2   1.3   
Neurotechnology and Spine3.5   1.4   2.1   —   2.1   
Total3.2 % 1.2 % 2.0 % 3.1 % (1.1)%

Full Year Results

  • Reported net sales decreased 3.6% to $14.4 billion
  • Organic net sales decreased 4.8%
  • Reported operating income margin of 15.5%
  • Adjusted operating income margin(1) of 24.4%
  • Reported EPS decreased 23.4% to $4.20
  • Adjusted EPS(1) decreased 10.0% to $7.43
 Full Year Net Sales Growth Overview
 Reported Foreign Currency Exchange Constant Currency Acquisitions Organic
Orthopaedics(5.6)% 0.1  % (5.7)% 2.4 % (8.1)%
MedSurg(1.4)  (0.1)  (1.3)  0.5   (1.8) 
Neurotechnology and Spine(4.7)  0.2    (4.9)  0.8   (5.7) 
Total(3.6)% —  % (3.6)% 1.2 % (4.8)%

“In spite of COVID-19 outbreaks that intensified through the quarter, our teams showed good resilience and delivered a solid quarter of financial results,” said Kevin Lobo, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. “As we saw with prior pandemic spikes, the impacts were strongest in the businesses linked to deferrable procedures, but as evidenced by our guidance for 2021, we are optimistic about our prospects for the future. The Wright Medical integration is off to a strong start and we continue to advance innovation across the company. On behalf of the Stryker leadership team, I would like to offer my thanks to our employees and to the caregivers and first responders for their efforts in continuing to deal with this health crisis.”

Sales Analysis

Consolidated net sales of $4.3 billion and $14.4 billion increased 3.2% in the quarter and 2.0% in constant currency and decreased 3.6% in the full year and 3.6% in constant currency. Organic net sales decreased 1.1% and 4.8% in the quarter and full year including 0.3% and 4.1% from decreased unit volume and 0.8% and 0.7% from lower prices.

Orthopaedics net sales of $1.5 billion and $5.0 billion increased 4.0% in the quarter and 2.8% in constant currency and decreased 5.6% in the full year and 5.7% in constant currency. Organic net sales decreased 5.8% and 8.1% in the quarter and full year including 4.6% and 6.6% from decreased unit volume and 1.2% and 1.5% from lower prices.

MedSurg net sales of $1.9 billion and $6.4 billion increased 2.3% in the quarter and 1.5% in constant currency and decreased 1.4% in the full year and 1.3% in constant currency. Organic net sales increased 1.3% in the quarter including 1.2% from increased unit volume and 0.1% from higher prices and decreased 1.8% in the full year including 1.8% from decreased unit volume and a nominal impact from changes in pricing.

Neurotechnology and Spine net sales of $0.9 billion and $3.0 billion increased 3.5% in the quarter and 2.1% in constant currency and decreased 4.7% in the full year and 4.9% in constant currency. Organic net sales increased 2.1% in the quarter including 4.0% from increased unit volume partially offset by 1.9% from lower prices and decreased 5.7% in the full year including 4.9% from decreased unit volume and 0.8% from lower prices.

Earnings Analysis

Reported net earnings of $568 million and $1.6 billion decreased 21.7% and 23.2% in the quarter and full year. Reported net earnings per diluted share of $1.49 and $4.20 decreased 21.6% and 23.4% in the quarter and full year. Reported gross profit margin and reported operating income margin were 63.7% and 17.6% in the quarter and 63.1% and 15.5% in the full year. Reported net earnings include certain items, such as charges for acquisition and integration-related activities, the amortization of purchased intangible assets, restructuring-related and other charges, costs to comply with certain medical device regulations, recall-related matters, regulatory and legal matters and tax matters. Excluding the aforementioned items, adjusted gross profit margin(1) was 65.1% and 63.8% in the quarter and full year, and adjusted operating income margin(1) was 29.2% for the quarter, an improvement of 90 basis points, and 24.4% for the full year, a decline of 190 basis points. Adjusted net earnings(1) of $1.1 billion and $2.8 billion increased 13.0% in the quarter and decreased 9.9% in the full year. Adjusted net earnings per diluted share(1) of $2.81 and $7.43 increased 12.9% in the quarter and decreased 10.0% in the full year.

2021 Outlook

We continue to monitor and evaluate the impact the global response to the COVID-19 pandemic has had, and will continue to have, on our operations and financial results. As we recover from the pandemic, we expect 2021 organic net sales growth to be in the range of 8% to 10% from 2019, as this is a more normal baseline given the variability throughout 2020, and expect adjusted net earnings per diluted share(2) to be in the range of $8.80 to $9.20. This includes the previously announced 10 cents of dilution driven by the acquisition of Wright Medical for the full year. Consistent with the pricing environment experienced in both 2019 and 2020, we expect continued unfavorable price reductions of approximately 1% in 2021. If foreign currency exchange rates hold near current levels, we expect EPS will be modestly favorable for the full year. This guidance assumes an ongoing recovery in our key geographies leading to more normalized elective procedure levels during the second quarter of 2021. We will not be providing quarterly guidance. 

(1) A reconciliation of the non-GAAP financial measures: adjusted gross profit margin, adjusted operating income and adjusted operating income margin, adjusted net earnings and adjusted net earnings per diluted share, to the most directly comparable GAAP measures: gross profit margin, operating income and operating income margin, net earnings and net earnings per diluted share, and other important information accompanies this press release.

(2) We are unable to present a quantitative reconciliation of our expected net earnings per diluted share to expected adjusted net earnings per diluted share as we are unable to predict with reasonable certainty and without unreasonable effort the impact and timing of restructuring-related and other charges, acquisition-related expenses and fair value adjustments to inventory and the outcome of certain regulatory, legal and tax matters. The financial impact of these items is uncertain and is dependent on various factors, including timing, and could be material to our Consolidated Statements of Earnings.

Conference Call on Wednesday, January 27, 2021

As previously announced, Stryker will host a conference call on Wednesday, January 27, 2021 at 4:30 p.m., Eastern Time, to discuss the company’s operating results for the quarter and year ended December 31, 2020 and provide an operational update.

To participate in the conference call dial (877) 702-4565 (domestic) or (647) 689-5532 (international) and be prepared to provide conference ID number 5283279 to the operator.

A simultaneous webcast of the call will be accessible via the company’s website at www.stryker.com. The call will be archived on the Investor Relations page of this site.

A recording of the call will also be available from 8:00 p.m., Eastern Time, on Wednesday, January 27, 2021, until 11:59 p.m., Eastern Time, on Wednesday, February 3, 2021. To hear this recording, you may dial (800) 585-8367 (domestic) or (416) 621-4642 (international) and enter conference ID number 5283279.

Caution Concerning Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains information that includes or is based on forward-looking statements within the meaning of the federal securities laws that are subject to various risks and uncertainties that could cause our actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied in such statements. Such factors include, but are not limited to: the impact on our operations and financial results of the COVID-19 pandemic and any related policies and actions by governments or other third parties; unexpected liabilities, costs, charges or expenses in connection with the acquisition of Wright Medical Group N.V. (“Wright”); the effects of the Wright acquisition on the parties’ relationships with employees, customers, other business partners or governmental entities; weakening of economic conditions that could adversely affect the level of demand for our products; pricing pressures generally, including cost-containment measures that could adversely affect the price of or demand for our products; changes in foreign exchange markets; legislative and regulatory actions; unanticipated issues arising in connection with clinical studies and otherwise that affect U.S. Food and Drug Administration approval of new products, including Wright products; potential supply disruptions; changes in reimbursement levels from third-party payors; a significant increase in product liability claims; the ultimate total cost with respect to recall-related matters; the impact of investigative and legal proceedings and compliance risks; resolution of tax audits; the impact of the federal legislation to reform the United States healthcare system; costs to comply with medical device regulations; changes in financial markets; changes in the competitive environment; our ability to integrate and realize the anticipated benefits of acquisitions in full or at all or within the expected timeframes, including the acquisition of Wright; and our ability to realize anticipated cost savings. Additional information concerning these and other factors is contained in our filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, including our Annual Report on Form 10-K and Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q. We disclaim any intention or obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statement to reflect any change in our expectations or in events, conditions or circumstances on which those expectations may be based, or that affect the likelihood that actual results will differ from those contained in the forward-looking statements.

Stryker is one of the world’s leading medical technology companies and, together with its customers, is driven to make healthcare better. The Company offers innovative products and services in Orthopaedics, Medical and Surgical, and Neurotechnology and Spine that help improve patient and hospital outcomes. More information is available at www.stryker.com.

For investor inquiries please contact:

Preston Wells, Vice President, Investor Relations at 269-385-2600 or preston.wells@stryker.com

For media inquiries please contact:

Yin Becker, Vice President, Communications, Public Affairs and Corporate Marketing at 269-385-2600 or yin.becker@stryker.com

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Chris J. Stewart

Chris currently serves as President and CEO of Surgio Health. Chris has close to 20 years of healthcare management experience, with an infinity to improve healthcare delivery through the development and implementation of innovative solutions that result in improved efficiencies, reduction of unnecessary financial & clinical variation, and help achieve better patient outcomes. Previously, Chris was assistant vice president and business unit leader for HPG/HCA. He has presented at numerous healthcare forums on topics that include disruptive innovation, physician engagement, shifting reimbursement models, cost per clinical episode and the future of supply chain delivery.

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