Teva Narrows Losses in 2019

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Teva Israel’s leading pharmaceutical company released its quarterly and 2019 results today. They showed an improvement from 2018 as losses narrowed.

Full-Year 2019 and Q4 2019 Highlights: 
 
 FY 2019 Q4 2019
 
Revenues $16.9 billion $4.5 billion
 
Revenues prior to revision (*) $17.5 billion $4.6 billion
 
Cash flow from operating activities $748 million $538 million
 
Free cash flow $2,053 million $974 million
 
GAAP earnings (loss) per share $(0.91) $0.10
 
Non-GAAP EPS $2.40 $0.62
(*) Revision of prior period financial statements with respect to the distribution business in our International Markets segment, decreasing sales by $165 million in Q4 2019, and $642 million in 2019, with an offsetting decrease in cost of sales. No impact on gross profit, operating income, earnings per share or cash flows for the related periods.
  • Met all components of 2019 business outlook
  • Achieved spend base reduction target of $3 billion
  • AUSTEDO® rapid growth continues
  • AJOVY® launched in Europe; auto-injector approved in U.S. and E.U.
  • Launch of TRUXIMA®, Teva’s first U.S. biosimilar
  • 2020 business outlook:
    • Revenues are expected to be $16.6 – $17.0 billion
    • Non-GAAP EPS is expected to be $2.30 – $2.55
    • Free cash flow is expected to be $1.8 – $2.2 billion 

“In 2019, we made great strides towards positioning Teva for renewed growth by completing our two-year restructuring plan, reducing our cost base by more than $3 billion, and reducing our net debt by more than $9 billion, all while maintaining our global leadership in generics, serving around 200 million patients every day,” said Mr. Kåre Schultz, Teva’s President and CEO.

“Our key growth products met major milestones in 2019, including the launch of AJOVY® in Europe, continued strong growth for AUSTEDO®, and the successful launch of our first biosimilar TRUXIMA® in North America. In 2020, we expect to see continued growth for AJOVY®, AUSTEDO® and our biosimilars.”

Mr. Schultz continued, “Looking ahead, we will further transform our manufacturing network, improve our profitability, and generate cash, which will further reduce our debt. We will enhance our biopharmaceutical offerings, and expand our key assets with additional indications and geographies.”

Revision of Previously Reported Consolidated Financial Statements

In connection with the preparation of Teva’s consolidated financial statements for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2019, Teva determined that in the full years and interim periods of fiscal years 2017 and 2018, and the first three quarters of fiscal year 2019, it had an immaterial error in the presentation of distribution revenues from its Israeli distribution business. This business is part of the International Markets reporting segment and facilitates distribution of Teva and third party products to pharmacies, hospitals and other organizations in Israel.

Specifically, the Company concluded that it presented revenue from its Israeli distribution business on a gross basis, although it should have reported such revenue on a net basis. Because Teva has no discretion in establishing prices for any specifies goods or services, limited inventory risk and is not primarily responsible for contract fulfillment, Teva does not meet the criteria for reporting revenues from such business as a principal (on a gross basis), as opposed to as an agent (on a net basis).

The Company evaluated the cumulative impact of this item on its previously issued annual financial statements for 2017 and 2018, and the interim financial statements for 2017, 2018 and the first three quarters of 2019, and concluded that, for the reasons mentioned below, the revisions were not material, individually or in the aggregate, to any of its previously-issued interim or annual financial statements. Teva has revised its presentation of net revenue and cost of sales in the historical consolidated financial statements to reflect the change in this item, as described in more detail below.

The impact of this revision is a decrease in net revenues with an offsetting decrease in cost of sales. There is no impact on gross profit, operating income or earnings per share. In addition, there is no impact on Teva’s balance sheet or statement of cash flows for the related periods.

The following table summarizes the impact of the revision on net revenues and non-GAAP cost of sales in the consolidated statements of income in the relevant periods:

  Net revenues Cost of sales
  As reported Adjustment As revised As reported Adjustment As revised
  (U.S. $ in millions)
2017 22,385 (533) 21,853 10,351 (533) 9,818
2018 18,854 (583) 18,271 9,308 (583) 8,725
Nine months endedSeptember 30, 2019 12,896 (477) 12,419 6,456 (477) 5,979

The following items presented in this press release have been adjusted to reflect the revision described above:

  • 2018 and 2019 annual and fourth quarter revenues
  • 2018 and 2019 annual and fourth quarter cost of sales
  • 2018 and 2019 fourth quarter International Markets segment revenues
  • 2018 and 2019 fourth quarter International Markets segment cost of sales

2019 Annual Consolidated Results

Revenues in 2019 were $16,887 million, a decrease of 8%, or 5% in local currency terms, compared to 2018, mainly due to generic competition to COPAXONE®, a decline in revenues from our U.S. generics business, BENDEKA®/TREANDA® and Japan, partially offset by higher revenues from AUSTEDO, AJOVY and QVAR® in the United States. The data presented for prior periods have been revised to reflect a revision in the presentation of net revenues and cost of sales in the consolidated financial statements. See “Revision of Previously Reported Consolidated Financial Statements” above.

Exchange rate movements between 2019 and 2018 negatively impacted our revenues by $402 million, our GAAP operating income by $135 million and our non-GAAP operating income by $154 million.

GAAP gross profit was $7,537 million in 2019, a decrease of 9% compared to 2018. GAAP gross profit margin was 44.6% in 2019, compared to 45.4% in 2018. Non-GAAP gross profit was $8,702 million in 2019, a decrease of 9% compared to 2018. Non-GAAP gross profit margin was 51.5% in 2019, compared to 52.2% in 2018. The decrease in both GAAP and non-GAAP gross profit was mainly due to lower revenues from COPAXONE in North America.

GAAP Research and Development (R&D) expenses in 2019 were $1,010 million, a decrease of 17% compared to 2018. Non-GAAP R&D expenses in 2019 were $1,004 million, or 5.9% of revenues, compared to $1,102 million, or 6.0% of revenues, in 2018. The decrease in R&D expenses resulted primarily from pipeline optimization and efficiencies realized as part of our restructuring plan.

GAAP Selling and Marketing (S&M) expenses in 2019 were $2,614 million, a decrease of 10% compared to 2018. Non-GAAP S&M expenses were $2,438 million, or 14.4% of revenues, in 2019, compared to $2,718 million, or 14.9% of revenues, in 2018. The decrease was mainly due to cost reductions and efficiency measures as part of the restructuring plan.

GAAP General and Administrative (G&A) expenses in 2019 were $1,192 million, a decrease of 8% compared to 2018. Non-GAAP G&A expenses were $1,145 million in 2019, or 6.8% of revenues, compared to $1,228 million, or 6.7% of revenues, in 2018. The decrease was mainly due to cost reductions and efficiency measures as part of the restructuring plan.

GAAP other income in 2019 was $76 million, compared to $291 million in 2018. The other income in 2019 was mainly related to the sale of activities in our International Markets segment. Non-GAAP other income in 2019 was $27 million, compared to $225 million in 2018. Non-GAAP other income in 2018 was mainly due to Section 8 recoveries from multiple cases in Canada and recovery of lost profits in cases in which U.S. patent infringement litigation had previously prevented the sale of certain products.

GAAP Operating loss was $443 million in 2019, compared to operating loss of $1,637 million in 2018. The decrease was mainly due to higher impairment charges recorded in 2018, partially offset by higher provisions in connection with legal settlements and loss contingencies in 2019, as well as lower profit in our North America segment. Non-GAAP operating income was $4,142 million, a decrease of 12% compared to $4,723 million in 2018.

Adjusted EBITDA (non-GAAP operating income, which excludes amortization and certain other items, and excluding depreciation expenses) in 2019 was $4,685 million, compared to $5,319 million in 2018.

In 2019, GAAP financial expenses were $822 million, compared to $959 million in 2018. Non-GAAP financial expenses were $824 in 2019, compared to $893 in 2018.

In 2019, we recognized a GAAP tax benefit of $278 million, or 22%, on a pre-tax loss of $1,265 million. In 2018, we recognized a tax benefit of $195 million, or 8%, on a pre-tax loss of $2,596 million. Our tax rate for 2018 was lower than in 2019 due to one-time legal settlements and divestments that had a low corresponding tax effect.

Non-GAAP income taxes for 2019 were $597 million on non-GAAP pre-tax income of $3,317 million. Non-GAAP income taxes in 2018 were $519 million on non-GAAP pre-tax income of $3,830 million. The non-GAAP tax rate for 2019 was 18%, compared to 14% in 2018. Our annual non-GAAP effective tax rate for 2019 was higher than our non-GAAP effective tax rate for 2017 and 2018 primarily due to a lower tax shield on finance expenses.

In the future, both our GAAP and non-GAAP effective tax rates are expected to remain similar to the 2019 rate.

GAAP net loss attributable to Teva’s ordinary shareholders and GAAP diluted loss per share in 2019 were $999 million and $0.91, respectively, compared to net loss of $2,399 million and diluted loss per share of $2.35 in 2018. Non-GAAP net income attributable to ordinary shareholders for calculating diluted EPS and non-GAAP diluted EPS in 2019 were $2,627 million and $2.40, respectively, compared to $2,985 million and $2.92 in 2018.

The weighted average diluted shares outstanding used for the fully diluted share calculation on a GAAP basis for 2019 and 2018 were 1,091 million and 1,021 million shares, respectively. The weighted average outstanding shares used for the fully diluted EPS calculation on a non-GAAP basis for 2019 and 2018 were 1,094 million and 1,024 million shares, respectively.

As of December 31, 2019 and 2018, the fully diluted share count for purposes of calculating our market capitalization was approximately 1,108 million and 1,100 million shares, respectively.

Non-GAAP information: Net non-GAAP adjustments in 2019 were $3,625 million. Non-GAAP net income and non-GAAP EPS for the year were adjusted to exclude the following items:

  • An impairment of intangible and fixed assets of 1,778 million, mainly related to the acquisition of Actavis Generics;
  • Legal settlements and loss contingencies of $1,178 million, mainly related to the reserve in connection with the opioids cases;
  • Amortization of purchased intangible assets totaling $1,113 million, of which $973 million is included in cost of goods sold and the remaining $139 million in selling and marketing expenses;
  • Restructuring expenses of $199 million;
  • Equity compensation expenses of $123 million;
  • Contingent consideration of $59 million;
  • Other non-GAAP items of $132 million;
  • Minority interest adjustment of $82; and
  • Related tax effect of $875 million.

Teva believes that excluding such items facilitates investors’ understanding of its business. For further information see the tables below for a reconciliation of the U.S. GAAP results to the adjusted non-GAAP figures and the information under “Non-GAAP Financial Measures.” Investors should consider non-GAAP financial measures in addition to, and not as replacement for, or superior to, measures of financial performance prepared in accordance with GAAP.

Cash flow generated from operating activities in 2019 was $748 million, a decrease of $1,698 million, or 69%, compared to 2018. This decrease was mainly due to the working capital adjustment with Allergan and the Rimsa settlement in 2018, and lower profit in our North America segment during 2019.

Free cash flow (Cash flow generated from operating activities in 2019, net of cash used for capital investments and beneficial interest collected in exchange for securitized trade receivables) was $2,053 million in 2019, compared to $3,679 million in 2018. The decrease in 2019 resulted mainly from the lower cash flow generated from operating activities.

As of December 31, 2019, our debt was $26,908 million, compared to $28,916 million as of December 31, 2018. The decrease was mainly due to senior notes repaid at maturity or prepaid with cash generated during the year. The portion of total debt classified as short-term as of December 31, 2019 was 9%, compared to 8% as of December 31, 2018, due to a decrease in our total debt. Our average debt maturity was approximately 6.4 years as of December 31, 2019, compared to 6.8 years as of December 31, 2018.

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