Diversified healthcare company Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) topped Wall Street predictions by reporting revenue of $17.1 billion in the third quarter, a rise of 6.5 percent from the 2011 quarter’s revenue, and ahead of analyst expectations of $16.97 billion. If not for unfavorable exchange rates with the strong U.S. dollar, which hurts overseas revenues, the revenue rise would have been nearly 11 percent.
J&J’s $19.7 billion acquisition of surgical trauma and orthopedic implant maker Synthes Inc. in June reaped rewards already; giving sales a 5.8 percent lift. Synthes joined the company’s medical devices and diagnostic equipment arm, helping boost sales for the quarter by 12.5 percent to $7.07 billion.
During the latest quarter, J&J earned $3.0 billion, or $1.05 per share, a decrease from $3.2 billion, or $1.15 per share, in the year prior quarter. Excluding special items related to research, acquisitions and litigation, however, the maker of Tylenol, baby shampoo and prescription drugs earned $1.25 per share, topping analyst predictions of $1.21 per share.
Assisting in the growth were strong sales reported from recently-launched products, including,
- ZYTIGA® (abiraterone acetate), an oral, once-daily medication for use in combination with prednisone, for the treatment of metastatic, castration-resistant prostate cancer;
- INVEGA® SUSTENNA®/XEPLION® (paliperidone palmitate), a once-monthly, long-acting, injectable atypical antipsychotic for the acute and maintenance treatment of schizophrenia in adults;
- STELARA® (ustekinumab), a biologic approved for the treatment of moderate to severe plaque psoriasis;
- INCIVO® (telaprevir), a direct acting antiviral protease inhibitor, for the treatment of genotype-1 chronic hepatitis C virus, in combination with peginterferon alfa and ribavirin, in adults;
- XARELTO® (rivaroxaban), an oral anticoagulant; and
- SIMPONI® (golimumab), a biologic approved to treat adults with moderate to severe rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis, and ankylosing spondylitis.
"Our third-quarter results reflected continued sales momentum driven by strong growth of key products, successful product launches and the addition of Synthes to our family of companies," said Alex Gorsky, Chief Executive Officer at J&J.
Looking forward, New Brunswick, New Jersey-based Johnson & Johnson said that it expects adjusted 2012 earnings to fall between $5.05 and $5.10 per share, in line with analyst’s expectations of $5.08 per share.
Shares of JNJ closed trading on Monday at $68.60 and opened trading modestly ahead by about one percent today.
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