What To Expect From Abbott’s Full-Year 2019 Earnings

by Trefis Team
Abbott Labs
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Abbott (NYSE:ABT) will release its Q4 and full-year 2019 results on Wednesday, January 22. For full-year 2019, Trefis estimates that the company will report:

  • Revenues of $31.8 billion, reflecting 4.1% y-o-y growth, primarily driven by the company’s medical devices segment. Our revenue forecast is slightly lower than the consensus estimate of $31.9 billion.
  • EPS figure will likely improve to $3.24 on an adjusted basis, primarily due to slower growth in expenses and a reduction in share count compared to the previous year. Our EPS figure forecast is in line with the consensus estimate of $3.24.

We believe that in-line earnings for FY 2019 could result in a slight positive movement in Abbott’s stock price after the company’s earnings announcement. Our forecast indicates that Abbott’s valuation is $91 a share, which is slightly higher than the current price of around $89. Look at our interactive dashboard analysis for Abbott’s FY19 Earnings for more details.

(1) Revenues Expected To Be Slightly Below The Consensus Estimates

  • Trefis estimates Abbott’s 2019 revenues to be $31.8 billion, slightly below the consensus estimate of $31.9 billion.

(1) Medical Devices               $12.2 Bil (38%)
(2) Diagnostics                       $7.7 Bil (24%)
(3) Nutritional                         $7.4 Bil (23%)
(4) Established Pharma         $4.5 Bil (14%)
TOTAL                                      $31.8 Bil
Consensus                                $31.9 Bil
Surprise                                    $(0.1) Bil

  • Total revenues have increased at an average annual rate of 21.5% from $20.9 billion in 2016 to $31.8 billion in 2018, primarily driven by acquisitions.
  • However, it is expected to see only a 4% growth in 2019 – primarily driven by the company’s Medical Devices business.
  • Note that 2017 and 2018 revenue growth was driven by St Jude and Alere acquisitions, respectively.
  • Abbott’s revenue will likely grow in mid-single-digits on average over 2019-2020, led by steady growth across its segments, primarily from emerging markets, which has been the key focus of the company of late.
  • Our separate interactive dashboard analysis about Abbott Labs’ Revenues provides an in-depth view of the company’s revenues along with our forecasts.

2) Adjusted EPS Expected To Increase 11.8% From $2.90 In 2018 To $3.24 In 2019

  • Abbott’s 2019 adjusted earnings per share (EPS) expected to be $3.24 per Trefis analysis, in line with the consensus estimate of $3.24 per share.

Total Revenues                     $31.8 Bil
– Total Expenses                   $26.1 Bil
Net Income                           $5.7 Bil
÷ Shares Outstanding          1.8 Bil
EPS                                         $3.24
Consensus                              $3.24
Surprise                                  $0.00

  • An increase in revenues and a slower growth in expenses will drive EPS growth.
  • As we forecast Abbott’s revenues to grow at a faster rate than its expenses in 2019 (4.1% vs. 2.6%), this will result in a 120 bps increase in the company’s adjusted net income margin figure from 16.8% in 2018 to 18.0% in 2019, as detailed in the dashboard.
  • For 2020, we believe that revenue will grow at a faster pace when compared to expenses, resulting in the net income margin figure to increase to 18.7%.
  • We capture trends in Abbott Labs’ Expenses over the years in detail in an interactive dashboard.

(3) Stock Price Estimate Is Slightly Higher Than Market Price

  • Trefis’ forecast for Abbott’s 2019 earnings is in line with the market expectations but for P/E multiple is slightly higher than the consensus, working out to a fair value of $91 for Abbott’s stock, which is roughly 2% higher than the current market price of around $89.
  • A Trailing P/E Multiple of 28.1x Looks Appropriate For Abbott’s Stock, Which Is Slightly Higher Than The Current Implied P/E Multiple of 27.3x
  • We use our full cash flow model for Abbott to arrive at a P/E multiple of 28.1x for a price estimate of $91
  • Note: P/E Multiples are based on Share Price at the end of the year, and reported (or expected) Adjusted Earnings for the full year.

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