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Johnson & Johnson Reports Full-Year and Fourth-Quarter 2008 Results
Date:1/20/2009

pectively, as compared with the same period in 2007. *

Net earnings and diluted earnings per share for the fourth quarter of 2008 were $2.7 billion and $0.97, respectively. Fourth quarter 2008 net earnings included special items related to in-process research and development charges of $141 million with no tax benefit and an after-tax gain of $229 million representing the net impact of litigation settlements. Fourth quarter 2007 net earnings included special items related to an after-tax non-cash charge of $441 million for the NATRECOR asset write-down and a tax gain of $267 million associated with the restructuring of certain international subsidiaries. Excluding these special items, net earnings for the current quarter were $2.6 billion and diluted earnings per share were $0.94, representing increases of 3.1% and 6.8%, respectively, as compared to the same period in 2007. *

The Company announced earnings guidance for full-year 2009 of $4.45 to $4.55 per share, which excludes the impact of special items. This guidance includes anticipated dilution of $.03 to $.05 from the acquisition of Mentor Corporation, which is expected to close in January 2009.

"I am extremely proud of Johnson & Johnson's accomplishments in 2008 and the way our people met our commitments," said William C. Weldon, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. "We delivered solid earnings growth and made significant progress in our research pipelines while continuing to invest in the future growth of our business. I am confident that we are well positioned for continued leadership and growth in health care."

The Worldwide Consumer segment achieved annual sales in 2008 of $16.0 billion, an increase of 10.8% over the prior year with operational growth of 8.3% and a positive impact from currency of 2.5%. Domestic sales increased 8.3%, while international sales increased 12.8% (8.3% from operations and 4.5% from currency).


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