Baxter Shares Fall Despite Better-Than-Expected Q3 Earnings, FY21 EPS Outlook Boost

  • Baxter International Inc BAX posted Q3 revenue of $3.23 billion, in line with the consensus, up 9% on a reported basis, 7% on a constant currency basis, and 6% on an operational basis.
  • Adjusted EPS of $1.02 increased 23% and surpassed the estimate of $0.94.
  • Growth was led by increased sales in BioPharma Solutions, which benefitted from multiple collaborations to help manufacture COVID-19 vaccines on a contract basis. 
  • Medication Delivery sales growth advanced low double digits, driven by strength in the U.S. for IV therapies and infusion systems products.
  • Clinical Nutrition, Acute Therapies, and Advanced Surgery delivered mid-single-digit growth, driven by ongoing demand, particularly outside the U.S.
  • The gross and operating margins remained almost unchanged at 40% and 16%, respectively.
  • Outlook: Baxter expects FY21 sales growth of approximately 7% - 8% on a reported basis, 5% - 6% on a constant currency basis, and 4% - 5% on an operational basis. 
  • It expects an adjusted EPS of $3.58 - $3.62, better than the previous guidance of $3.49 - $3.55, versus the $3.34 consensus.
  • For Q4, Baxter expects an adjusted EPS of $1.00 to $1.04, with sales growth of 3% - 4% on a reported basis, 4% - 5% on a constant currency basis and 3% - 4% on an operational basis
  • Price Action: BAX shares traded 4.07% lower at $78.72 on the last check Thursday.
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