McKesson Reports Fiscal 2015 Third-Quarter Results

February 05, 2015

  • Revenues of $47 billion for the third quarter, up 37%.
  • Third-quarter GAAP earnings per diluted share from continuing operations of $2.01, up 187%.
  • Third-quarter Adjusted Earnings per diluted share from continuing operations of $2.89, up 95%.
  • Fiscal 2015 Outlook: Adjusted Earnings per diluted share of $10.80 to $10.95, up from previous outlook of $10.50 to $10.90.

SAN FRANCISCO, February 5, 2015 – McKesson Corporation (NYSE:MCK) today reported that revenues for the third quarter ended December 31, 2014 were $47.0 billion, up 37% compared to $34.3 billion a year ago. On the basis of U.S. generally accepted accounting principles (“GAAP”), third-quarter earnings per diluted share from continuing operations was $2.01 compared to $0.70 a year ago.

“I am pleased by the strong performance of our business for the first nine months of our fiscal year. We have raised our outlook for the year and now expect Adjusted Earnings per diluted share from continuing operations of $10.80 to $10.95 for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2015. McKesson’s third-quarter results reflect solid execution across our business,” said John H. Hammergren, chairman and chief executive officer.

Third-quarter Adjusted Earnings per diluted share was $2.89, up 95% compared to $1.48 a year ago. Third-quarter results benefitted from the pull forward of earnings generated by our branded portfolio of products previously anticipated in the fourth quarter and a lower than expected tax rate driven by the enactment of recent legislation.

For the first nine months of the fiscal year, McKesson generated cash from operations of $1.2 billion, and ended the quarter with cash and cash equivalents of $4.6 billion. Through nine months of the fiscal year, McKesson paid $171 million in dividends, had internal capital spending of $405 million, and spent $40 million on acquisitions.

Segment Results

Distribution Solutions revenues were $46.3 billion, up 38% on a reported basis and 39% on a constant currency basis for the quarter, mainly driven by the contribution from our acquisition of Celesio and market growth.

North America pharmaceutical distribution and services revenues, which include results from U.S. Pharmaceutical, McKesson Canada and McKesson Specialty Health, were up 17% on a reported and constant currency basis for the quarter, reflecting market growth including growth from existing customers and continued demand for recently launched drugs for the treatment of Hepatitis C.

International pharmaceutical distribution and services revenues were $7.3 billion, an increase of 7% on the underlying results of Celesio on a constant currency basis.

Medical-Surgical distribution and services revenues were up 7% for the quarter, driven by market growth.

In the third quarter, Distribution Solutions GAAP operating profit was $785 million and GAAP operating margin was 1.70%. Third-quarter adjusted operating profit was $1,043 million and the adjusted operating margin was 2.26%.

Technology Solutions revenues were $755 million, down 7% in the third quarter compared to the prior year, driven by anticipated revenue softness from the Horizon clinical software platform and the planned elimination of a product line, partially offset by growth in other technology businesses. GAAP operating profit was $111 million for the third quarter and GAAP operating margin was 14.70%. Adjusted operating profit was $123 million for the third quarter and adjusted operating margin was 16.29%.

Fiscal Year 2015 Outlook

McKesson expects Adjusted Earnings per diluted share from continuing operations between $10.80 and $10.95 for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2015, based on an updated full year average exchange rate of $1.29 per Euro, which excludes the following GAAP items:

  • Amortization of acquisition-related intangible assets of $1.48 per diluted share.
  • Acquisition expenses and related adjustments of 63 cents per diluted share.
  • LIFO inventory-related charges of 97 cents to $1.07 per diluted share.

Adjusted Earnings

McKesson separately reports financial results on the basis of Adjusted Earnings. Adjusted Earnings is a non-GAAP financial measure defined as GAAP income from continuing operations, excluding amortization of acquisition-related intangible assets, acquisition expenses and related adjustments, certain litigation reserve adjustments, and Last-In-First-Out (“LIFO”) inventory-related adjustments. A reconciliation of McKesson’s financial results determined in accordance with GAAP to Adjusted Earnings is provided in Schedules 2, 3 and 4 of the financial statement tables included with this release.

Risk Factors

Except for historical information contained in this press release, matters discussed may constitute “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, that involve risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those projected, anticipated or implied. These statements may be identified by their use of forward-looking terminology such as “believes”, “expects”, “anticipates”, “may”, “will”, “should”, “seeks”, “approximately”, “intends”, “plans”, “estimates” or the negative of these words or other comparable terminology. The discussion of financial trends, strategy, plans or intentions may also include forward-looking statements. It is not possible to predict or identify all such risks and uncertainties; however, the most significant of these risks and uncertainties are described in the company’s Form 10-K, Form 10-Q and Form 8-K reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission and include, but are not limited to: changes in the U.S. healthcare industry and regulatory environment; changes in the Canadian healthcare industry and regulatory environment; changes in the European regulatory environment with respect to privacy and data protection regulations; managing foreign expansion, including the related operating, economic, political and regulatory risks; the company’s ability to successfully identify, consummate, finance and integrate acquisitions; material adverse resolution of pending legal proceedings; exposure to European economic conditions, including recent austerity measures taken by certain European governments; competition; substantial defaults in payment or a material reduction in purchases by, or the loss of, a large customer or group purchasing organization; the loss of government contracts as a result of compliance or funding challenges; public health issues in the U.S. or abroad; malfunction, failure or breach of sophisticated internal information systems to perform as designed; the adequacy of insurance to cover property loss or liability claims; the company’s failure to attract and retain customers for its software products and solutions due to integration and implementation challenges, or due to an inability to keep pace with technological advances; the company’s proprietary products and services may not be adequately protected, and its products and solutions may be found to infringe on the rights of others; system errors or failure of our technology products and solutions to conform to specifications; disaster or other event causing interruption of customer access to data residing in our service centers; the delay or extension of our sales or implementation cycles for external software products; changes in circumstances that could impair our goodwill or intangible assets; new or revised tax legislation or challenges to our tax positions; general economic conditions, including changes in the financial markets that may affect the availability and cost of credit to the company, its customers or suppliers; changes in accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America; and withdrawal from participation in multiemployer pension plans or if such plans are reported to have underfunded liabilities. The reader should not place undue reliance on forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date they are first made. Except to the extent required by law, the company undertakes no obligation to publicly release the result of any revisions to these forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances after the date hereof, or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events.

The company has scheduled a conference call for 5:00 PM ET. The dial-in number for individuals wishing to participate on the call is 719-234-7317. Erin Lampert, senior vice president, Investor Relations, is the leader of the call, and the password to join the call is ‘McKesson’. A replay of this conference call will be available for five calendar days. The dial-in number for individuals wishing to listen to the replay is 719-457-0820 and the pass code is 7328191. A webcast of the conference call will also be available live and archived on the company’s Investor Relations website at

Shareholders are encouraged to review SEC filings and more information about McKesson, which are located on the company’s website.

About McKesson

McKesson Corporation, currently ranked 15th on the FORTUNE 500, is a healthcare services and information technology company dedicated to making the business of healthcare run better. We partner with payers, hospitals, physician offices, pharmacies, pharmaceutical companies and others across the spectrum of care to build healthier organizations that deliver better care to patients in every setting. McKesson helps its customers improve their financial, operational, and clinical performance with solutions that include pharmaceutical and medical-surgical supply management, healthcare information technology, and business and clinical services. For more information, visit

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