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Zimmer Holdings, Inc. Reports Fourth Quarter and 2013 Financial Results

-- Net Sales of $1.24 billion for the fourth quarter represent an increase of 5.1% reported over the prior year period, an increase of 6.6% constant currency

WARSAW, Ind., Jan. 30, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Zimmer Holdings, Inc. (NYSE and SIX: ZMH) today reported financial results for the quarter and year ended December 31, 2013.  The Company reported fourth quarter net sales of $1.24 billion, an increase of 5.1% reported and 6.6% constant currency over the fourth quarter of 2012.  Diluted earnings per share for the quarter were $1.36 reported and $1.66 adjusted, an increase of 9.9% adjusted over the prior year period.  Full year net sales were $4.62 billion, an increase of 3.4% reported and 4.9% constant currency over the prior year.  Diluted earnings per share for the year were $4.43 reported and $5.75 adjusted, an increase of 8.5% adjusted over the prior year. 

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"In the fourth quarter, Zimmer continued to deliver accelerated top line growth.  These strong results were led by the successful commercialization of a number of innovative new offerings, including Persona® The Personalized Knee System and its accompanying suite of next-generation intelligent instruments," said David Dvorak, Zimmer President and CEO.  "Zimmer will remain focused on developing clinically relevant solutions to better serve the evolving global healthcare landscape.  We are confident that our strategy positions the Company for continued growth in 2014 and beyond, in concert with our ongoing commitments to quality and operational excellence and disciplined capital management."

Net earnings for the fourth quarter were $235.9 million on a reported basis and $288.6 million on an adjusted basis, an increase of 9.5% adjusted over the prior year period.  Operating cash flow for the fourth quarter was $300.2 million.  Net earnings for the full year 2013 were $761.0 million on a reported basis and $988.4 million on an adjusted basis, an increase of 6.0% adjusted over the prior year.  Operating cash flow for the full year was $963.1 million.

In the quarter, the Company recorded pre-tax charges of $61.2 million in special items and $12.8 million in cost of products sold pertaining to global restructuring, quality and operational excellence initiatives, certain litigation and recent acquisitions.  Adjusted fourth quarter 2013 figures in this release exclude the impact of these charges, which include $40.0 million related to quality and operational excellence initiatives in manufacturing, logistics and sales; $14.5 million connected with certain outstanding litigation matters; and $19.5 million in integration and other costs.

During the quarter, the Company utilized $240.6 million of cash to acquire 2.7 million shares.  For the full year 2013, the Company utilized $718.8 million of cash to acquire 9.1 million shares.  The Company issued 7.4 million shares during the year in connection with employee equity compensation plans, resulting in a net reduction of 1.7 million shares outstanding for the year.  Further, the Company paid $34.0 million in cash dividends to stockholders during the quarter and $132.4 million in cash dividends for the full year 2013.

Guidance
The Company expects full-year revenues for 2014 to increase between 3.0% and 5.0% on a constant currency basis.  The Company estimates that foreign currency translation will decrease revenues by approximately 0.5% for the full year 2014, resulting in reported revenue growth between 2.5% and 4.5%.  Full-year 2014 diluted earnings per share are projected to be in a range of $5.00 to $5.20 on a reported basis and $6.10 to $6.30 on an adjusted basis.

Conference Call
The Company will conduct its fourth quarter 2013 investor conference call today, January 30, 2014, at 8:00 a.m. Eastern Time.  The live audio webcast can be accessed via Zimmer's Investor Relations website at http://investor.zimmer.com.  It will be archived for replay following the call.

Individuals who wish to dial into the conference call may do so at (888) 878-3901.  International callers should dial (706) 634-9520.  Conference ID 31500984 may be used to access the call.  A digital recording will be available two hours after the completion of the conference call from January 30, 2014, to February 28, 2014.  To access the recording, US/Canada callers should dial (855) 859-2056 or (800) 585-8367, or for International callers, dial (404) 537-3406, and enter the conference ID 31500984.

Sales Tables
The following tables provide sales results by geographic segment and product category, as well as the percentage change compared to the prior year quarter and full year on both a reported and constant currency basis.

NET SALES - THREE MONTHS ENDED DECEMBER 31, 2013


(in millions, unaudited)

































Constant




Net


Reported


Currency




Sales


 % Change


% Change

Geographic Segments











   Americas

$

692



7

%


8

%


   Europe


343



5



2



   Asia Pacific


206



(2)



10



       Total


1,241



5



7


Product Categories











Reconstructive











   Americas


508



8



8



   Europe


269



7



4



   Asia Pacific


151



(4)



8



       Total


928



6



7
















Knees












   Americas


308



10



11




   Europe


136



10



7




   Asia Pacific


79



(1)



10




       Total


523



8



10
















Hips












   Americas


162



4



4




   Europe


123



2



(1)




   Asia Pacific


68



(7)



6




       Total


353



1



3
















Extremities


52



11



11















Dental


63



3



2















Trauma


81



(4)



(1)















Spine


53



(2)



(2)















Surgical and other


116



13



16



Certain product sales have been reclassified from the Surgical and other category to Knees. Prior year amounts have been reclassified to conform to the 2013 presentation. Further information is available at www.investor.zimmer.com.


 

NET SALES - YEAR ENDED DECEMBER 31, 2013


(in millions, unaudited)

































Constant




Net


Reported


Currency




Sales


 % Change


% Change

Geographic Segments











   Americas

$

2,620



6

%


6

%


   Europe


1,212



3



1



   Asia Pacific


791



(3)



7



       Total


4,623



3



5


Product Categories











Reconstructive











   Americas


1,904



5



5



   Europe


947



3



1



   Asia Pacific


583



(4)



6



       Total


3,434



3



4
















Knees












   Americas


1,136



5



5




   Europe


468



5



3




   Asia Pacific


306



(1)



8




       Total


1,910



4



5
















Hips












   Americas


621



2



3




   Europe


445



-



(2)




   Asia Pacific


264



(9)



2




       Total


1,330



(1)



1
















Extremities


194



11



12






-









Dental


239



1



-















Trauma


316



2



5















Spine


202



(3)



(3)















Surgical and other


432



18



21



Certain product sales have been reclassified from the Surgical and other category to Knees. Prior year amounts have been reclassified to conform to the 2013 presentation. Further information is available at www.investor.zimmer.com.

About the Company
Founded in 1927 and headquartered in Warsaw, Indiana, Zimmer designs, develops, manufactures and markets orthopaedic reconstructive, spinal and trauma devices, dental implants, and related surgical products.  Zimmer has operations in more than 25 countries around the world and sells products in more than 100 countries.  Zimmer's 2013 sales were approximately $4.6 billion.  The Company is supported by the efforts of more than 9,000 employees worldwide.

Website Information
We routinely post important information for investors on our website, www.zimmer.com, in the "Investor Relations" section.  We use this website as a means of disclosing material, non-public information and for complying with our disclosure obligations under Regulation FD.  Accordingly, investors should monitor the Investor Relations section of our website, in addition to following our press releases, SEC filings, public conference calls, presentations and webcasts.  The information contained on, or that may be accessed through, our website is not incorporated by reference into, and is not a part of, this document.

Note on Non-GAAP Financial Measures
As used in this press release, the term "adjusted" refers to operating performance measures that exclude inventory step-up and other inventory and manufacturing related charges, certain claims, special items, goodwill impairment and certain tax adjustments.  Included in special items are acquisition and integration costs and asset impairment charges related to prior acquisitions as well as employee termination benefits, consulting and professional fees, certain litigation matters, dedicated personnel expenses, certain contract terminations and asset impairment charges connected with global restructuring and operational excellence initiatives.  The term "constant currency" refers to any financial measure that excludes the effect of changes in foreign currency exchange rates.  Reconciliations of these non-GAAP measures to the most directly comparable GAAP measure are included in this press release.

Zimmer Safe Harbor Statement
This press release contains forward-looking statements within the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 based on current expectations, estimates, forecasts and projections about the orthopaedics industry, management's beliefs and assumptions made by management.  Forward-looking statements may be identified by the use of forward-looking terms such as "may," "will," "expects," "believes," "anticipates," "plans," "estimates," "projects," "assumes," "guides," "targets," "forecasts," and "seeks" or the negative of such terms or other variations on such terms or comparable terminology.  These statements are not guarantees of future performance and involve risks, uncertainties and assumptions that could cause actual outcomes and results to differ materially.  These risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to:  the success of our quality and operational excellence initiatives; price and product competition; changes in customer demand for our products and services caused by demographic changes or other factors; the impact of healthcare reform measures, including the impact of the U.S. excise tax on medical devices, reductions in reimbursement levels by third-party payors and cost containment efforts of healthcare purchasing organizations; dependence on new product development, technological advances and innovation; shifts in the product category or regional sales mix of our products and services; supply and prices of raw materials and products; control of costs and expenses; our ability to obtain and maintain adequate intellectual property protection; our ability to successfully integrate acquired businesses; our ability to form and implement alliances; challenges relating to changes in and compliance with governmental laws and regulations affecting our U.S. and international businesses, including regulations of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and foreign government regulators, such as more stringent requirements for regulatory clearance of our products; our ability to remediate matters identified in any inspectional observations or warning letters issued by the FDA; changes in tax obligations arising from tax reform measures or examinations by tax authorities; product liability and intellectual property litigation losses; our ability to retain the independent agents and distributors who market our products; our dependence on a limited number of suppliers for key raw materials and outsourced activities; changes in general industry and market conditions, including domestic and international growth rates and general domestic and international economic conditions, including interest rate and currency exchange rate fluctuations; and the impact of the ongoing economic uncertainty affecting countries in the Euro zone on our ability to collect accounts receivable in affected countries.  For a further list and description of such risks and uncertainties, see our periodic reports filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.  We disclaim any intention or obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as may be set forth in our periodic reports.  Readers of this document are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, since, while we believe the assumptions on which the forward-looking statements are based are reasonable, there can be no assurance that these forward-looking statements will prove to be accurate.  This cautionary statement is applicable to all forward-looking statements contained in this document.

 

 ZIMMER HOLDINGS, INC. 

 CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF EARNINGS 

 FOR THE THREE MONTHS ENDED DECEMBER 31, 2013 and 2012 

 (in millions, except per share amounts, unaudited) 







2013


2012


 Net Sales 

$     1,240.7


$     1,180.5


 Cost of products sold 

340.8


298.9


 Gross Profit 

899.9


881.6







 Research and development 

46.4


55.3


 Selling, general and administrative 

477.0


460.5


 Goodwill impairment 

-


96.0


 Certain claims 

-


15.0


 Special items 

61.2


54.3


      Operating expenses 

584.6


681.1







 Operating Profit 

315.3


200.5


 Interest income 

4.2


4.9


 Interest expense 

(16.5)


(18.9)


 Earnings before income taxes  

303.0


186.5


 Provision for income taxes 

67.6


34.2


 Net earnings 

235.4


152.3


 Less:  Net loss attributable to noncontrolling interest 

(0.5)


(0.5)


 Net Earnings of Zimmer Holdings, Inc. 

$        235.9


$        152.8







 Earnings Per Common Share 





     Basic 

$          1.38


$          0.88


     Diluted 

$          1.36


$          0.88







 Weighted Average Common Shares Outstanding 





     Basic 

170.7


172.8


     Diluted 

173.5


174.1







 Cash dividends declared per common share 

$          0.20


$          0.18


 

 ZIMMER HOLDINGS, INC. 

 CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF EARNINGS 

 FOR THE YEAR ENDED DECEMBER 31, 2013 and 2012 

 (in millions, except per share amounts, unaudited) 







2013


2012


 Net Sales 

$     4,623.4


$     4,471.7


 Cost of products sold 

1,286.1


1,125.2


 Gross Profit 

3,337.3


3,346.5







 Research and development 

204.2


225.6


 Selling, general and administrative 

1,833.8


1,807.1


 Goodwill impairment 

-


96.0


 Certain claims 

47.0


15.0


 Special items 

216.7


155.4


      Operating expenses 

2,301.7


2,299.1







 Operating Profit 

1,035.6


1,047.4


 Interest income 

15.6


15.6


 Interest expense 

(70.1)


(72.9)


 Earnings before income taxes  

981.1


990.1


 Provision for income taxes 

221.9


237.2


 Net earnings 

759.2


752.9


 Less:  Net loss attributable to noncontrolling interest 

(1.8)


(2.1)


 Net Earnings of Zimmer Holdings, Inc. 

$        761.0


$        755.0







 Earnings Per Common Share 





       Basic 

$          4.49


$          4.32


       Diluted 

$          4.43


$          4.29







 Weighted Average Common Shares Outstanding 





     Basic 

169.6


174.9


     Diluted 

171.8


176.0







 Cash dividends declared per common share 

$          0.80


$          0.54


 

 ZIMMER HOLDINGS, INC. 

 CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS 

 (in millions, unaudited) 






 December 31, 

 December 31, 





2013

2012

 Assets 






 Current Assets: 






   Cash and cash equivalents 




$            1,080.6

$               884.3

   Short-term investments 




727.0

671.6

   Receivables, net 




936.6

884.6

   Inventories 




1,074.5

995.3

   Other current assets 




379.0

272.9

       Total current assets 




4,197.7

3,708.7







 Property, plant and equipment, net 



1,224.7

1,210.7

 Goodwill 




2,611.2

2,571.8

 Intangible assets, net 




707.7

740.7

 Other assets 




839.3

780.5

 Total Assets 




$            9,580.6

$            9,012.4







 Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity 











 Current liabilities 




$            1,031.1

$               765.9

 Short-term debt 




0.5

100.1

 Other long-term liabilities 




576.6

559.3

 Long-term debt 




1,672.3

1,720.8

 Stockholders' equity 




6,300.1

5,866.3

 Total Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity 


$            9,580.6

$            9,012.4

 ZIMMER HOLDINGS, INC. 

 CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS 

 FOR THE YEAR ENDED DECEMBER 31, 2013 and 2012 

 (in millions, unaudited) 













2013

2012








 Cash flows provided by (used in) operating activities 





 Net earnings 




$        759.2

$        752.9


 Depreciation and amortization 




358.5

363.1


 Goodwill impairment 




-

96.0


 Share-based compensation 




48.5

55.0


 Income tax benefits from employee stock compensation plans 


38.4

11.0


 Excess income tax benefits from employee stock compensation plans 


(8.6)

(2.7)


 Inventory step-up 




8.0

4.8


 Changes in operating assets and liabilities, net of acquired assets and liabilities 




     Income taxes 




(29.4)

(5.6)


     Receivables 




(74.3)

(45.5)


     Inventories 




(128.4)

(67.5)


     Accounts payable and accrued expenses 



38.3

47.8


     Other assets and liabilities 




(47.1)

(57.4)


 Net cash provided by operating activities 



963.1

1,151.9








 Cash flows provided by (used in) investing activities 





 Additions to instruments 




(192.9)

(148.9)


 Additions to other property, plant and equipment 


(100.0)

(114.7)


 Purchases of investments 




(732.7)

(1,130.1)


 Sales of investments 




830.8

878.5


 Investments in other assets 




(87.7)

(76.9)


 Net cash used in investing activities 



(282.5)

(592.1)








 Cash flows provided by (used in) financing activities 





 Net payments under revolving credit facilities 



(97.5)

(50.1)


 Proceeds from term loans 




-

147.3


 Dividends paid to stockholders 



(132.4)

(94.4)


 Proceeds from employee stock compensation plans 


474.8

46.9


 Excess income tax benefits from employee stock compensation plans 


8.6

2.7


 Debt issuance costs 




-

(3.3)


 Purchase of additional shares from noncontrolling interest 


(1.8)

-


 Repurchase of common stock 




(719.0)

(485.6)


 Net cash used in financing activities 



(467.3)

(436.5)








 Effect of exchange rates on cash and cash equivalents 


(17.0)

(7.3)









 Increase in cash and cash equivalents 



196.3

116.0

 Cash and cash equivalents, beginning of period 



884.3

768.3

 Cash and cash equivalents, end of period 



$     1,080.6

$        884.3

 

 ZIMMER HOLDINGS, INC. 

 NET SALES BY GEOGRAPHIC SEGMENT 

 FOR THE THREE MONTHS and YEAR ENDED DECEMBER 31, 2013 and 2012 

 (in millions, unaudited) 



 Three Months Ended December 31, 


 Year Ended December 31, 








2013

2012

% Inc/(Dec)


2013

2012

% Inc/(Dec)












 Americas 

$        692.1

$        644.1

7

%

$     2,619.8

$     2,476.3

6

%

 Europe 

342.6

325.8

5


1,212.6

1,177.4

3


 Asia Pacific 

206.0

210.6

(2)


791.0

818.0

(3)


 Total 

$     1,240.7

$     1,180.5

5


$     4,623.4

$     4,471.7

3
































 ZIMMER HOLDINGS, INC. 

 NET SALES BY PRODUCT CATEGORY 

 FOR THE THREE MONTHS and YEAR ENDED DECEMBER 31, 2013 and 2012 

 (in millions, unaudited) 



 Three Months Ended December 31, 


 Year Ended December 31, 








2013

2012

% Inc/(Dec)


2013

2012

% Inc/(Dec)












 Reconstructive 










 Knees 

$        523.4

$        483.0

8

%

$     1,909.9

$     1,833.8

4

%


 Hips 

353.0

349.0

1


1,330.5

1,342.0

(1)



 Extremities 

51.9

46.8

11


193.8

173.8

11




928.3

878.8

6


3,434.2

3,349.6

3












 Dental 

63.1

61.3

3


239.3

237.7

1


 Trauma 

81.0

84.0

(4)


315.6

307.9

2


 Spine 

52.4

53.5

(2)


202.3

208.9

(3)


 Surgical and other 

115.9

102.9

13


432.0

367.6

18


 Total 

$     1,240.7

$     1,180.5

5


$     4,623.4

$     4,471.7

3


 

ZIMMER HOLDINGS, INC.

RECONCILIATION OF REPORTED % GROWTH TO

CONSTANT CURRENCY % GROWTH

(unaudited)



















For the Three Months Ended




December 31, 2013







Foreign


Constant




Reported


Exchange


Currency




% Change


Impact


% Change

Geographic Segments










   Americas

7

%


(1)

%


8

%


   Europe

5



3



2



   Asia Pacific

(2)



(12)



10



       Total

5



(2)



7


Product Categories










Reconstructive










   Americas

8



-



8



   Europe

7



3



4



   Asia Pacific

(4)



(12)



8



       Total

6



(1)



7















Knees











   Americas

10



(1)



11




   Europe

10



3



7




   Asia Pacific

(1)



(11)



10




       Total

8



(2)



10















Hips











   Americas

4



-



4




   Europe

2



3



(1)




   Asia Pacific

(7)



(13)



6




       Total

1



(2)



3















Extremities

11



-



11














Dental

3



1



2














Trauma

(4)



(3)



(1)














Spine

(2)



-



(2)














Surgical and other

13



(3)



16


 

ZIMMER HOLDINGS, INC.

RECONCILIATION OF REPORTED % GROWTH TO

CONSTANT CURRENCY % GROWTH

(unaudited)



















For the Year Ended




December 31, 2013







Foreign


Constant




Reported


Exchange


Currency




% Change


Impact


% Change

Geographic Segments










   Americas

6

%


-

%


6

%


   Europe

3



2



1



   Asia Pacific

(3)



(10)



7



       Total

3



(2)



5


Product Categories










Reconstructive










   Americas

5



-



5



   Europe

3



2



1



   Asia Pacific

(4)



(10)



6



       Total

3



(1)



4















Knees











   Americas

5



-



5




   Europe

5



2



3




   Asia Pacific

(1)



(9)



8




       Total

4



(1)



5















Hips











   Americas

2



(1)



3




   Europe

-



2



(2)




   Asia Pacific

(9)



(11)



2




       Total

(1)



(2)



1















Extremities

11



(1)



12














Dental

1



1



-














Trauma

2



(3)



5














Spine

(3)



-



(3)














Surgical and other

18



(3)



21


 

 ZIMMER HOLDINGS, INC. 

 Reconciliation of Net Earnings and Adjusted Net Earnings 

 For the Three Months Ended December 31, 2013 and 2012 

 (in millions, unaudited) 








 Three Months 



 Ended December 31, 



2013


2012






 Net Earnings of Zimmer Holdings, Inc. 

$       235.9


$       152.8

 Inventory step-up and other inventory  




    and manufacturing related charges 

12.8


2.3

 Goodwill impairment 

-


96.0

 Certain claims 


-


15.0

 Special items 


61.2


54.3

 Taxes on above items* 

(21.3)


(56.9)

 Adjusted Net Earnings 

$       288.6


$       263.5


 * The tax effect is calculated based upon the statutory rates for the jurisdictions where the items
were incurred.

 

 ZIMMER HOLDINGS, INC. 

 Reconciliation of Net Earnings and Adjusted Net Earnings 

 For the Year Ended December 31, 2013 and 2012 

 (in millions, unaudited) 








 Year 



 Ended December 31, 



2013


2012






 Net Earnings of Zimmer Holdings, Inc. 

$       761.0


$       755.0

 Inventory step-up and other inventory  




    and manufacturing related charges 

70.5


4.8

 Goodwill impairment 

-


96.0

 Certain claims 


47.0


15.0

 Special items 


216.7


155.4

 Taxes on above items* 

(106.8)


(93.7)

 Adjusted Net Earnings 

$       988.4


$       932.5


 * The tax effect is calculated based upon the statutory rates for the jurisdictions where the items
were incurred.

    

 ZIMMER HOLDINGS, INC. 

 Reconciliation of Diluted EPS and Adjusted Diluted EPS 

 For the Three Months Ended December 31, 2013 and 2012 

 (unaudited) 






 Three Months 


 Ended December 31, 


2013


2012





 Diluted EPS 

$          1.36


$          0.88

 Inventory step-up and other inventory  




    and manufacturing related charges 

0.07


0.01

 Goodwill impairment 

-


0.55

 Certain claims 

-


0.09

 Special items 

0.35


0.31

 Taxes on above items* 

(0.12)


(0.33)

 Adjusted Diluted EPS 

$          1.66


$          1.51


 * The tax effect is calculated based upon the statutory rates for the jurisdictions where the items
were incurred.


 

 ZIMMER HOLDINGS, INC. 

 Reconciliation of Diluted EPS and Adjusted Diluted EPS 

 For the Year Ended December 31, 2013 and 2012 

 (unaudited) 






 Year 


 Ended December 31, 


2013


2012





 Diluted EPS 

$          4.43


$          4.29

 Inventory step-up and other inventory  




    and manufacturing related charges 

0.41


0.03

 Goodwill impairment 

-


0.54

 Certain claims 

0.27


0.09

 Special items 

1.26


0.88

 Taxes on above items* 

(0.62)


(0.53)

 Adjusted Diluted EPS 

$          5.75


$          5.30


 * The tax effect is calculated based upon the statutory rates for the jurisdictions where the items
were incurred.


 

 ZIMMER HOLDINGS, INC. 

 Reconciliation of 2014 Projected Diluted EPS  

 and Projected Adjusted Diluted EPS 

 (unaudited) 









 Projected Year Ended December 31, 2014: 

Low


High





 Diluted EPS 

$                      5.00


$            5.20

 Inventory step-up and other inventory and manufacturing  




    related charges and special items 

1.48


1.48

 Taxes on above items* 

(0.38)


(0.38)

 Adjusted Diluted EPS 

$                      6.10


$            6.30


 * The tax effect is calculated based upon the statutory rates for the jurisdictions where the items
are projected to be incurred.

 

SOURCE Zimmer Holdings, Inc.

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