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Mallinckrodt plc Reports Earnings Results for Second Quarter of Fiscal 2017

Net sales were $824.5 million in the second quarter, down 4.9%, or 4.6% on a constant-currency basis. GAAP gross profit was $416.1 million with gross profit as a percentage of net sales of 50.5%, compared with 56.4%, impacted by continued pricing pressure within the Specialty Generics segment. Adjusted gross profit was $591.9 million, compared with $666.0 million. Adjusted gross profit as a percentage of net sales was 71.8% versus 76.9%.

"Mallinckrodt delivered another solid quarter, executing against our strategy to become a high-performing, specialty pharmaceutical company," said Mark Trudeau, Chief Executive Officer and President, Mallinckrodt. "We have made notable progress this quarter in advancing our organic pipeline in Specialty Brands and Specialty Generics. In addition, most recently we announced our planned acquisition of InfaCare and its new chemical entity stannsoporfin, a unique drug in late-stage development for treatment of severe hyperbilirubinemia, or jaundice, in newborns."

"Mallinckrodt continues to build a differentiated, durable portfolio of branded therapies and with this addition, in particular, we are further benefiting fragile pediatric patients and the healthcare system today and in the future," Trudeau concluded.

GAAP selling, general and administrative (SG&A) expenses were $232.1 million, compared with $224.9 million, representing 28.2% and 26.0% of net sales, respectively. Adjusted SG&A expenses were $226.3 million or 27.4% of net sales, compared with $226.6 million or 26.1%. Research and development expenses in the second quarter were $69.2 million or 8.4% of net sales, compared with $74.8 million or 8.6%.

Income tax benefit was $40.1 million versus $98.1 million, resulting in GAAP effective tax rates of negative 131.5% and 124.8%, respectively. The adjusted effective tax rate was 15.0% in the second quarter compared with 17.2%.

GAAP diluted earnings per share results from continuing operations were $0.72 in the second quarter compared with $1.62. The reduction in earnings per share from continuing operations reflects continued weakness in the Specialty Generics business impacting both net sales and gross margin, partially offset by $6.6 million of gain in other income related to debt repurchases. Adjusted diluted earnings per share were $1.85 versus $2.03.

Six-Month Fiscal 2017 Results
Net sales were $1.635 billion, down 2.8% compared with $1.682 billion. The decrease came primarily from continued pressure in the Specialty Generics segment.

On a GAAP basis, income from continuing operations was $99.5 million, compared with $275.2 million. Diluted earnings per share from continuing operations were $0.98 compared with $2.48, reflecting the impact of various transactions including legal settlements and defined benefit pension termination expenses, offset by a gain on the divesture of the Intrathecal Therapy business.

On an adjusted basis, adjusted net income was $356.4 million, compared with $424.6 million. Adjusted diluted earnings per share were $3.52, compared with $3.83. The company is reiterating its adjusted diluted earnings per share guidance of $7.40 to $8.00 for fiscal 2017.


Specialty Brands Segment
Net sales for the Specialty Brands segment were $594.5 million in the second quarter, compared with $589.3 million, or an increase of 0.9%, or 1.2% on a constant-currency basis.

H.P. Acthar® Gel net sales were $319.4 million in the second quarter period, a 7.1%2 increase over $298.3 million. INOMAX® (nitric oxide) gas, for inhalation, generated net sales of $125.5 million, up 3.6%2 over 1.1 million. OFIRMEV® (acetaminophen) injection net sales were $75.7 million compared with $70.7 million, an increase of 7.1%2.

Net sales of the Therakos® immunology platform were $51.2 million compared with $52.5 million, a decrease of 2.5%; an increase of 1.2% on a constant-currency basis. While the kit supply issue was resolved in the first quarter, the company underestimated the complexity of the conversion from the XTS to Cellex devices, resulting in lower than anticipated net sales. These transitional issues will likely continue for the next several quarters; however, longer term the company believes the product will return to its normal expected growth range.

Specialty Generics Segment
Net sales in the second quarter decreased 18.0% to $216.0 million, compared with $263.4 million, better than expectations due to continued solid performance by the active pharmaceutical ingredients products, as well as the segment's other controlled substances and other products categories. On a constant-currency basis, segment net sales declined 17.8%.

Mallinckrodt's cash provided by operating activities was $319.9 million in the second quarter with free cash flow of $270.9 million.

During the second quarter, the company continued share repurchases, buying 2.4 million ordinary shares for $100.7 million, bringing the total shares repurchased in the six-month period to 8.0 million ordinary shares. In addition to normal debt service, the company reduced its accounts receivable securitization by $25.0 million and repurchased $53.9 million in debt during the second quarter, resulting in a $6.6 million gain in other income. The company has repaid $292.8 million in debt during the six-months ended June 30, 2017.

Despite the significant capital allocation activities undertaken in the quarter, Mallinckrodt's cash balance increased from the prior quarter to $330.2 million at the end of the second quarter, and its $900.0 million revolver remains undrawn.

Mallinckrodt will hold a conference call on Tuesday, August 8, 2017, beginning at 8:30 a.m. U.S. Eastern Time. This call can be accessed in three ways:

  • By telephone: For both listen-only participants and those who wish to take part in the question-and-answer portion of the call, the telephone dial-in number in the U.S. is (877) 359-9508. For participants outside the U.S., the dial-in number is (224) 357-2393. Callers will need to provide the Conference ID of 44423295.
  • Through an audio replay: A replay of the call will be available beginning at 11:30 a.m. Eastern Time on Tuesday, Aug. 8, 2017, and ending at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on Tuesday, Aug. 22, 2017. Dial-in numbers for U.S.-based participants are (855) 859-2056 or (800) 585-8367. Participants outside the U.S. should use the replay dial-in number of (404) 537-3406. All callers will be required to provide the Conference ID of 44423295.

Mallinckrodt is a global business that develops, manufactures, markets and distributes specialty pharmaceutical products and therapies. Areas of focus include autoimmune and rare diseases in specialty areas like neurology, rheumatology, nephrology, pulmonology and ophthalmology; immunotherapy and neonatal respiratory critical care therapies; and analgesics and hemostasis products. The company's core strengths include the acquisition and management of highly regulated raw materials and specialized chemistry, formulation and manufacturing capabilities. The company's Specialty Brands segment includes branded medicines and its Specialty Generics segment includes specialty generic drugs, active pharmaceutical ingredients and external manufacturing. To learn more about Mallinckrodt, visit

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This press release contains financial measures, including adjusted net income, adjusted diluted earnings per share, adjusted gross profit, adjusted SG&A, net sales growth on a constant-currency basis, adjusted effective tax rate, and free cash flow, which are considered "non-GAAP" financial measures under applicable SEC rules and regulations.

Adjusted net income, adjusted gross profit and adjusted SG&A represent amounts prepared in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the U.S. (GAAP) and adjusted for certain items that management believes are not reflective of the operational performance of the business. The adjustments for these items are on a pre-tax basis for adjusted gross profit and adjusted SG&A and on an after-tax basis for adjusted net income. Adjustments to GAAP amounts include, as applicable to each measure, restructuring and related charges, net; amortization and impairment charges; discontinued operations; acquisition-related expenses; changes in fair value of contingent consideration obligations; inventory step-up expenses; significant legal and environmental charges; pension settlement charges; recurrent cash tax payments to the IRS associated with internal installment sales transactions; and other items identified by the company. Adjusted diluted earnings per share represent adjusted net income divided by the number of diluted shares.

The adjusted effective tax rate is calculated as the income tax effects on continuing and discontinued operations plus the income tax impact included in Mallinckrodt's reconciliation of net income, divided by income from continuing and...