Fresenius Medical Care Reports Excellent Full Year and 4th Quarter Results, Strong Outlook for 2011

The company reached its financial targets for 2010, set new records and proposes its 14th consecutive annual dividend increase

Bad Homburg, (PresseBox) - Fresenius Medical Care AG & Co. KGaA (the company or Fresenius Medical Care; Frankfurt Stock Exchange: FME / New York Stock Exchange: FMS), the world's largest provider of dialysis products and services, today announced its results for the full year and fourth quarter of 2010.

4th-Quarter 2010:

Revenue
Net revenue for the fourth quarter of 2010 increased by 4% to $3,167 million (+5% at constant currency) compared to the fourth quarter of 2009. Organic revenue growth worldwide was 4%. Dialysis services revenue grew by 6% to $2,354 million (+6% at constant currency) in the fourth quarter of 2010. Dialysis product revenue increased from $809 million in the fourth quarter of 2009 to $813 million in the fourth quarter of 2010, which corresponds to 3% growth at constant currency.

North America revenue increased by 3% to $2,072 million. Organic revenue growth was 3%. Dialysis services revenue grew by 3% to $1,862 million. Average revenue per treatment for U.S. clinics decreased to $355 in the fourth quarter of 2010 compared to $357 for the corresponding quarter in 2009. Developments were favorably impacted by reimbursement increases, while this was more than offset by reduced utilization of pharmaceuticals. Dialysis product revenue decreased by 1% to $210 million. The company's performance was impacted favorably by higher sales of machines and bloodlines. This was mainly offset by changes in the dialysis products mix and lower Medicare average selling prices for the intravenous iron product Venofer®.

International revenue increased by 7% to $1,095 million. Based on constant currency, revenue grew by 10%. Organic revenue growth was 5%. Dialysis services revenue was $492 million, an increase of 15% (+18% at constant currency). Dialysis product revenue increased by 1% to $603 million and increased by 4% at constant currency, led by higher sales of machines and dialyzers.

Earnings
Operating income (EBIT) for the fourth quarter of 2010 increased by 10% to $539 million compared to $491 million in the fourth quarter of 2009. This resulted in an operating margin of 17.0% compared to 16.2% for the corresponding quarter in 2009.

In North America, the operating margin increased from 17.7% to 17.9%. The margin development benefitted primarily from favorable pharmaceutical costs and personnel expenses, partially offset by a decrease in revenue per treatment.

In the International segment, the operating margin increased from 17.6% to 18.0% mainly due to economies of scale and favorable currency effects, partially offset by lower gross profit margins of acquired clinics.

Net interest expense for the fourth quarter of 2010 was $74 million compared to $75 million in the comparable quarter of 2009. This development was influenced favorably by decreased short-term interest rates.

Income tax expense was $169 million for the fourth quarter of 2010 compared to $145 million in the fourth quarter of 2009, reflecting effective tax rates of 36.3% and 34.9%, respectively.

Net income attributable to FMC AG & Co. KGaA for the fourth quarter of 2010 was $271 million, an increase of 10% compared to the corresponding quarter of 2009.

Earnings per share (EPS) for the fourth quarter of 2010 rose by 9% to $0.90 per ordinary share compared to $0.82 for the fourth quarter of 2009. The weighted average number of shares outstanding for the fourth quarter of 2010 was approximately 302.1 million shares compared to 299.0 million shares for the fourth quarter of 2009. The increase in shares outstanding resulted from stock option exercises in the past twelve months.

Cash Flow
In the fourth quarter of 2010, the company generated $341 million in cash from operations, representing approximately 11% of revenue. The cash flow generation was supported by increased earnings.

A total of $168 million was spent for capital expenditures, net of disposals. Free Cash Flow before acquisitions was $173 million compared to $285 million in the fourth quarter of 2009. A total of $379 million in cash was spent for acquisitions, net of divestitures. Free Cash Flow after acquisitions and divestitures and excluding short-term investments was minus $206 million compared to $206 million in the fourth quarter of 2009.

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