-- Income tax expense in the fourth quarter includes discrete period tax benefits of $1.5 million, or $0.02 per fully diluted share, pertaining to various tax matters resolved during the quarter. The prior year period included a lesser amount of discrete tax benefits.
Please see the attached schedules for additional information, including reconciliations of earnings in accordance with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles ("GAAP") to as adjusted income and earnings per share, condensed financial information, summary balance sheet information, and segment sales summaries.
For a more complete review of Hill-Rom's results, please refer to our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended September 30, 2008, which will be filed later this month.
Financial Guidance Summary For 2009
Management reaffirmed full year 2009 guidance initially provided on October 7, 2008 in conjunction with Hill-Rom's investor conference: Hill-Rom's consolidated revenue guidance range for fiscal 2009 is expected to be $1.633 - $1.683 billion; earnings per fully diluted share from continuing operations is expected to be $1.40 - $1.64. This guidance includes the results from our Liko acquisition for a full twelve months. Financial guidance in tabular format is included as an attachment.
Hill-Rom Holdings, Inc. provides earnings per share guidance on an
adjusted basis from continuing operations because the company's management
believes that the presentation prov
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