Cardinal Health Reports Second Quarter Results

DUBLIN, Ohio , Feb. 5 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Cardinal Health, a global provider of products and services that improve the safety and productivity of health care, today reported solid fiscal second quarter results driven by top- and bottom-line...


DUBLIN, Ohio , Feb. 5 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Cardinal Health, a global provider of products and services that improve the safety and productivity of health care, today reported solid fiscal second quarter results driven by top- and bottom-line growth from its supply chain and medical product segments.

For the quarter ended Dec. 31, 2008 , revenue grew 8 percent to $25 billion, and non-GAAP earnings from continuing operations(1) increased 2 percent to $335 million. GAAP diluted earnings per share (EPS) from continuing operations declined 1 percent to $0.88. The impact of special items, impairments and other costs associated with the proposed spinoff of Clinical and Medical Products (CMP) totaled $16 million after tax or $0.05 per share, bringing non-GAAP diluted EPS from continuing operations(2) to $0.93, a 3 percent increase over the prior-year period.

"Despite a very challenging economic climate, we had solid growth from both of our primary operating segments," said R. Kerry Clark , chairman and chief executive officer of Cardinal Health. "HSCS returned to year over year segment profit growth in the second quarter, and we expect to remain on track with positive growth for the second half of the fiscal year. CMP continued its track record of double-digit segment profit growth, though we continue to see the deferral in hospital spending affecting its performance for the remainder of the fiscal year. We are reaffirming our full-year guidance, adjusted on Jan. 8 , of non-GAAP EPS of $3.50 to $3.60. In addition, we remain on track to spin off the CMP businesses later this year and intend to file the Form 10 registration statement with the Securities and Exchange Commission during our fiscal third quarter."

Healthcare Supply Chain Services

Healthcare Supply Chain Services increased revenue by 8 percent to $24.1 billion, driven by higher sales to existing pharmaceutical and medical supply chain customers. Sales to bulk pharmaceutical customers(4) increased 15 percent to $11 billion and sales to non-bulk pharmaceutical customers(5) increased 2 percent to $11 billion. Segment profit grew 6 percent to $333 million, primarily from an increased contribution from generic sales, inflation from branded pharmaceuticals, the increase in total segment sales volume and growth from nuclear pharmacy services. Segment profit growth was partially dampened by previously reported pharmaceutical contract re-pricings and continued disruption from anti-diversion efforts for pharmaceutical supply chain customers. During the quarter, the company resumed shipments of controlled substances from all distribution centers.

"We built upon the momentum from the first quarter and returned the segment to growth during the quarter, with solid contributions from both the pharmaceutical and medical supply chain businesses," said George Barrett , Cardinal Health vice chairman and chief executive officer of Healthcare Supply Chain Services. "In addition to the pharmaceutical distribution business, our nuclear pharmacy services and hospital supply businesses performed very well in the quarter with strong profit growth. We remain on track to achieve our goals for fiscal 2009."

Clinical and Medical Products

Revenue for Clinical and Medical Products increased 7 percent to $1.2 billion, primarily driven by organic growth from the dispensing, infusion and infection prevention businesses and the Enturia acquisition. Segment revenue was dampened by 3 percentage points due to foreign exchange rates during the quarter. Segment profit increased 16 percent to $198 million, driven by revenue growth, the Enturia acquisition and disciplined expense control. Segment profit was significantly dampened by foreign exchange rates and increased raw material costs.

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