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Hill-Rom Exceeds Guidance With Strong Fiscal Second Quarter Financial Results And Raises 2017 Full-Year Outlook

CHICAGO, April 28, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Hill-Rom Holdings, Inc. ("Hill-Rom") (NYSE: HRC) today announced financial results for its fiscal second quarter ended March 31, 2017, and raised its outlook for fiscal 2017.  The company's results and updated guidance reflect the contribution from the Mortara Instrument Inc. ("Mortara") acquisition, which was completed on February 14, 2017. 

For the fiscal second quarter, Hill-Rom reported earnings of $0.51 per diluted share compared to $0.33 per diluted share in the prior-year period. On an adjusted basis, earnings of $0.88 per diluted share rose 24 percent from $0.71 per diluted share in the prior-year period and exceeded the company's previously-issued guidance of $0.77 to $0.79 per diluted share.  This performance reflects strong revenue growth, disciplined cost management, continued margin expansion, and a tax benefit of approximately $0.06 per diluted share related to stock-based compensation.  The impact of the Mortara acquisition on adjusted earnings per diluted share was immaterial in the quarter.  Adjustments to reported earnings are detailed in the reconciliation schedules provided.

"We delivered strong financial results across our diversified portfolio that exceeded expectations, and we are raising our full-year guidance," said John J. Greisch, president and chief executive officer of Hill-Rom. "Momentum in our core business, improving international growth trends, value from new product introductions, and the recent acquisition of Mortara Instrument were significant contributors to our second quarter results. We continue to successfully execute on key strategic priorities while enhancing outcomes for patients and caregivers, and generating attractive returns for our shareholders."

Fiscal Second Quarter Financial ResultsIn the fiscal second quarter, Hill-Rom's worldwide revenue of $679 million increased 7 percent compared to the fiscal second quarter last year, or 8 percent on a constant currency basis. Domestic revenue of $464 million grew 6 percent, while revenue outside the U.S. of $215 million advanced 11 percent, or 14 percent on a constant currency basis. 

Excluding revenue of completed or potential divestitures from both periods, as well as the contribution from Mortara, Hill-Rom's core revenue advanced 7 percent on a constant currency basis, exceeding the company's guidance of 4 to 5 percent growth. 

By reporting segment:

  • Patient Support Systems: Patient Support Systems revenue of $363 million increased 3 percent on a reported basis, or 4 percent on a constant currency basis. Excluding the impact of completed or potential divestitures from both periods, core revenue increased 6 percent on a constant currency basis.
  • Front Line Care: Front Line Care, which includes Welch Allyn, Respiratory Care and Mortara, generated revenue of $211 million, an increase of 14 percent on a reported basis, and 15 percent on a constant currency basis. Excluding Mortara, which contributed approximately $13 million of revenue in the quarter, revenue advanced 7 percent on a constant currency basis.
  • Surgical Solutions: Surgical Solutions revenue of $105 million rose 10 percent on a reported basis and advanced 12 percent on a constant currency basis.
  • Gross margin of 47.8 percent was below the prior year gross margin of 48.1 percent, while operating margin improved 150 basis points to 9.4 percent. On an adjusted basis, gross margin expanded by 10 basis points to 48.0 percent and operating margin expanded by 110 basis points to 15.0 percent. Adjustments to gross margin and operating margin are detailed in the reconciliation schedules provided.

    On a year-to-date basis, operating cash flow of $126 million increased approximately $39 million, or 44 percent, versus the prior-year period, and the company returned nearly $53 million to shareholders in the form of dividends and share repurchases.

    Recent Highlights Complementing the company's financial performance were a number of recent achievements, which include:

  • Enhancing Hill-Rom's diagnostic cardiology franchise and presence in vital signs monitoring with the acquisition of Mortara for $330 million in cash (or approximately $290 million net of the present value of a tax benefit).
  • Addressing hospitals' needs for flexible, reliable and cost-effective operating room equipment with the launch of the TruSystem™ 3000 Mobile Operating Table in most countries in Europe, Latin America, the Middle East, Africa and Asia.
  • Expanding the portfolio with the international launch of the new Hill-Rom® 900 Accella bed system for higher acuity intensive and acute care settings, offering caregivers a number of features that make caring for patients easier and safer, and enhancing patient outcomes by supporting early mobilization and simplifying tasks.
  • Receiving 510k approval for the Monarch™ Airway Clearance System. The Monarch system builds high frequency chest wall oscillation therapy into a mobile vest, allowing a patient to be active and productive while receiving therapy. The system also incorporates LTE or WiFi technology to keep patients wirelessly connected to their care team using Hill-Rom's VisiView™ Health Portal.
  • "Our Hill-Rom team remains committed to diversifying the portfolio, leveraging our strong global brands and geographic footprint and launching new innovations to enhance growth and profitability in the years ahead," Greisch continued. "We are confident in our ability to drive sustainable revenue growth, expand margins and execute on our strategic priorities, while delivering on our mission and creating long-term value for patients, customers and shareholders."

    Fiscal Third Quarter and Full-Year 2017 Financial OutlookHill-Rom provided its fiscal third quarter financial outlook and raised its 2017 full-year guidance. For the full-year, Hill-Rom now expects revenue to increase approximately 3.5 to 4.0 percent on a reported basis (or 4.5 to 5.0 percent on a constant currency basis), which includes Mortara revenue of approximately $70 million. Excluding Mortara and the impact of completed and potential divestitures (with 2016 annual revenue of approximately $75 million) from both periods, Hill-Rom's core revenue is expected to increase 3.5 to 4.0 percent on a constant currency basis.  In addition, the company now expects adjusted earnings, excluding special items, of $3.82 to $3.88 per diluted share and $330 to $340 million in operating cash flow (including the outflows associated with restructuring and integration activities).

    For the fiscal third quarter 2017, Hill-Rom expects revenue to increase 5 to 6 percent on a reported basis (or 6 to 7 percent on a constant currency basis), including Mortara revenue of approximately $30 million.  Excluding Mortara and the impact of completed or potential divestitures from both periods, Hill-Rom's core revenue is expected to increase 4 to 5 percent on a constant currency basis.  Hill-Rom also expects adjusted earnings, excluding special items, of $0.89 to $0.91 per diluted share.

    Discussion of Adjusted Financial Measures Hill-Rom Holdings, Inc. routinely provides gross margin, operating margin and earnings per share results and guidance on an adjusted basis because the company's management believes these measures contribute to an understanding of our financial performance and provide additional analytical tools to understand our results from core operations and reveal underlying trends. These measures exclude strategic developments, acquisition and integration costs, special charges or other unusual events. The company also excludes expenses associated with the amortization of intangible assets associated with prior business acquisitions. These adjustments are made to allow investors to evaluate and understand operating trends excluding the non-cash impact of acquired intangible amortization on operating income and earnings per share.

    Management uses these measures internally for planning, forecasting and evaluating the performance of the business. Investors should consider non-GAAP measures in addition to, not as a substitute for, or as superior to, measures of financial performance prepared in accordance with GAAP.  Reconciliations of GAAP measures to adjusted measures appear in the financial tables of this release.  

    Our adjusted earnings per diluted share guidance excludes the impact of intangible asset amortization associated with prior business acquisitions which we expect to be $1.05 to $1.10 per diluted share for the year. Management also does not include adjusted items such as strategic developments, acquisition and integration costs, special charges, and other unusual items in our guidance because such items are being evaluated on an ongoing basis, can be highly variable and cannot be reasonably predicted.  As such, prospective quantification of these items is not feasible and a full reconciliation of non-GAAP earnings per share guidance to GAAP earnings per share has not been provided.  However, as a result of significant recent acquisitions and our ongoing footprint and portfolio optimization, we do expect adjusted items we have not predicted to potentially be significant to our GAAP measures including gross margin, operating margin and earnings per share.

    The company also presents certain results on a constant currency basis. Constant currency information compares results between periods as if foreign currency exchange rates had remained consistent period-over-period. Management monitors sales performance on an adjusted basis that eliminates the positive or negative effects that result from translating international sales into U.S. dollars. Management calculates constant currency by applying the foreign currency exchange rate for the prior period to the local currency results for the current period.

    Conference Call Webcast and Dial-in Information As previously announced, the company will host a conference call and webcast today beginning at 7:30 a.m. (CST) or 8:30 a.m. (ET). 

    Conference Call Audio Only Dial-in information: To participate in the conference call, dial (877) 304-8969 (domestic) or (631) 291-4543 (international). Please dial into the call at least ten minutes prior to the start to allow time to connect. The following Confirmation Code is required for both: #77598538. Callers will need to provide their name, company affiliation and telephone number to the conference operator.   

    Webcast: A simultaneous webcast of the call will be accessible via the company's website at A supplementary presentation will be posted to the Hill-Rom website prior to the webcast.

    A recording of the webcast/call audio will be available for telephone replay through May 5, 2017. To access the replay, dial (855) 859-2056 (domestic) or (404) 537-3406 (international). For the replay, callers will need to use Confirmation Code #77598538. If you are unable to listen to the live webcast or the telephone replay, the webcast will be archived at

    About Hill-Rom Holdings, Inc. 

    Hill-Rom is a leading global medical technology company with more than 10,000 employees worldwide. We partner with health care providers in more than 100 countries, across all care settings, by focusing on patient care solutions that improve clinical and economic outcomes in five core areas: Advancing Mobility, Wound Care and Prevention, Patient Monitoring and Diagnostics, Surgical Safety and Efficiency and Respiratory Health.  Hill-Rom's people, products, and programs work towards one mission: Every day, around the world, we enhance outcomes for patients and their caregivers. Visit for more information.

    Disclosure Regarding Forward Looking Statements Certain statements herein contain forward-looking statements, within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, regarding the company's future plans, objectives, beliefs, expectations, representations and projections. It is important to note that forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance, and the company's actual results could differ materially from those set forth in any forward-looking statements. For a more in depth discussion of factors that could cause actual results to differ from those contained in forward-looking statements, see the discussions under the heading "Risk Factors" in the company's previously filed most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K and subsequent Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q. The company assumes no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements.

    Hill-Rom Holdings, Inc. and SubsidiariesCondensed Consolidated Statements of Income(Dollars in millions, except per share data)Quarter Ended
    March 31Year to Date Ended
    March 312017201620172016Net revenueProduct sales and service$579.6$


    1,094.4Rental revenue99.3103.3194.8199.4   Total revenue678.9632.61,316.31,293.8Cost of revenueCost of goods sold305.7279.3594.1602.4Rental expenses48.849.195.296.5   Total cost of revenue354.5328.4689.3698.9Gross profitProduct sales and service273.9250.0527.4492.0Rental50.554.299.6102.9   Total gross profit324.4304.2627.0594.9As a percentage of sales47.8




    %Research and development expenses35.334.367.367.9Selling and administrative expenses222.4209.4431.2430.6Special charges3.110.78.917.8Operating profit63.649.8119.678.6Other income/(expense), net(22.3)(21.7)(43.0)(44.7)Income tax expense7. income34.022.157.526.4Less:  Net loss attributable to noncontrolling interests(0.4)(0.2)(0.7)(0.7)Net income attributable to common shareholders$34.4$


    27.1Diluted earnings per share$0.51$


    0.41Average common shares outstanding - diluted (thousands)67,13266,38267,05766,364Dividends per common share$0.18$



    Hill-Rom Holdings, Inc. and SubsidiariesRevenue Constant Currency(Dollars in millions)U.S.OUSQuarter Ended March 31Change AsConstantChange AsChange AsConstant20172016ReportedCurrencyReportedReportedCurrencyProduct sales and service$579.6$






    %Rental revenue99.3103.3(3.9)





    %Total revenue$678.9$






    %Patient Support Systems$362.9$






    %Front Line Care211.0185.313.9





    %Surgical Solutions105.095.110.4





    %Total revenue$678.9$






    %OUS - Outside of the U.S.U.S.OUSYear to Date Ended March 31Change AsConstantChange AsChange AsConstant20172016ReportedCurrencyReportedReportedCurrencyProduct sales and service$1,121.5$






    %Rental revenue194.8199.4(2.3)





    %Total revenue$1,316.3$






    %Patient Support Systems$698.1$






    %Front Line Care412.8405.51.8





    %Surgical Solutions205.4194.45.7





    %Total revenue$1,316.3$






    %OUS - Outside of the U.S.

    Hill-Rom Holdings, Inc. and SubsidiariesReconciliation: Earnings Per Share(Dollars in millions, except per share data)Quarter Ended March 31, 2017Quarter Ended March 31, 2016Gross
    TaxesIncome Tax
    TaxesIncome Tax
    EPSGAAP Basis47.8%9.4%$41.3$7.3$0.5148.1





    0.33Adjustments:Acquisition and integration costs0.1%1.1%—


    % intangible asset


    % corrective actions0.1%0.1%0.5(0.1)0.01(0.2)


    %(1.0)(0.3)(0.01)Litigation settlements and expenses—%0.1%—


    %———Special charges—%0.5%—


    % Basis48.0%15.0%$79.6$20.8$0.8847.9





    0.71 1 Total does not add due to roundingYear to Date Ended March 31, 2017Year to Date Ended March 31, 2016Gross
    TaxesIncome Tax
    EPSGross MarginOperating
    TaxesIncome Tax
    EPS1GAAP Basis47.6%9.1%$76.6$19.1$0.8746.0





    0.41Adjustments:Acquisition and integration costs0.1%1.0%


    % intangible asset


    % corrective actions—%—%0.5(0.1)0.01—


    %0.1(0.1)—Litigation settlements and expenses—%0.1%—


    %———Special charges—%0.7%—


    % tax law change—%—%—(2.2)0.03—


    %———Gain on disposition—%—%(1.0)(0.4)(0.01)—


    %———Adjusted Basis47.7%14.8%$151.2$42.4$1.6347.5





    1.39 1 Total does not add due to rounding

    Hill-Rom Holdings, Inc. and SubsidiariesCondensed Consolidated Balance Sheets(Dollars in millions)March 31,
    2017September 30,
    2016AssetsCurrent AssetsCash and cash equivalents$218.7$

    232.2Trade accounts receivable, net of allowances500.9515.1Inventories, net264.1252.0Other current assets93.782.8Total current assets1,077.41,082.1Property, plant and equipment, net363.1350.0Intangible assets:Goodwill1,743.61,584.4Other intangible assets and software, net1,197.71,143.3Other assets91.6102.6Total Assets$4,473.4$

    4,262.4LiabilitiesCurrent LiabilitiesTrade accounts payable$137.6$

    136.0Short-term borrowings220.6210.1Other current liabilities266.0316.2Total current liabilities624.2662.3Long-term debt2,181.41,938.4Other long-term liabilities415.1425.8Total Liabilities3,220.73,026.5Total Shareholders' Equity Attributable to Common Shareholders1,244.71,227.2Noncontrolling interests8.08.7Total Shareholders' Equity1,252.71,235.9Total Liabilities and Shareholders' Equity$4,473.4$


    Hill-Rom Holdings, Inc. and SubsidiariesCondensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows(Dollars in millions)Year to Date Ended March 3120172016Operating ActivitiesNet income$57.5$

    26.4Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by operating activities:Depreciation40.646.9Amortization10.08.5Acquisition-related intangible asset amortization52.148.0Provision for deferred income taxes(14.6)14.9(Gain) loss on disposal of property, equipment leased to others, intangible assets, and
    impairments(3.0)1.5Gain on sale of businesses(1.0)—Stock compensation12.212.1Excess tax benefits from employee stock plans—(1.1)Change in working capital excluding cash, current debt, acquisitions and dispositions:Trade accounts receivable25.428.9Inventories2.912.0Other current assets2.86.8Trade accounts payable(5.7)(15.0)Accrued expenses and other liabilities(55.0)(102.9)Other, net2.20.5Net cash provided by operating activities126.487.5Investing ActivitiesCapital expenditures and purchases of intangible assets(47.3)(46.4)Proceeds on sale of property and equipment leased to others10.60.4Payment for acquisition of businesses, net of cash acquired(314.3)—Proceeds on sale of businesses4.5—Other(0.4)2.4Net cash used in investing activities(346.9)(43.6)Financing ActivitiesProceeds from borrowing on long-term debt300.0—Borrowings on revolving credit facility53.020.0Payments on revolving credit facility(60.8)—Payment of long-term debt(36.6)(79.1)Debt issuance costs(4.3)—Purchase of noncontrolling interest of former joint venture—(0.4)Payment of cash dividends(22.9)(21.5)Proceeds on exercise of stock options14.62.2Proceeds from stock issuance2.31.6Excess tax benefits from employee stock plans—1.1Treasury stock acquired(33.6)(3.2)Net cash provided by (used in) financing activities211.7(79.3)Effect of exchange rate changes on cash(4.7)0.2Net Cash Flows(13.5)(35.2)Cash and Cash Equivalents:At beginning of period232.2192.8At end of period$218.7$



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