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Smith+Nephew Second Quarter and First Half 2022 Results

28 July 2022

Smith+Nephew (LSE:SN, NYSE:SNN), the global medical technology company, reports results for the second quarter and first half ended 2 July 2022:

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2 July  

3 July  

Reported 

Underlying 

 

2022 

2021 

growth 

growth 

 

$m 

$m 

% 

% 

Second Quarter Results1,2 

 

 

 

 

Revenue

1,293

1,335

 -3.1 

 1.2

 

 

 

 

 

Half Year Results1,2 

 

 

 

 

Revenue

2,600

2,599

     -

 3.5

Operating profit

242

239

 

 

Operating profit margin (%)

9.3

9.2

 

 

EPS (cents)

20.2

23.4

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Trading profit

440

459

 

 

Trading profit margin (%)

16.9

17.6

 

 

EPSA (cents)

38.1

38.8

 

 

 

Q2 Trading Highlights1,2

  • Q2 revenue of $1,293 million (2021: $1,335 million), up 1.2% on an underlying basis (down 3.1% on a reported basis including 430bps FX headwind) with one fewer trading day than equivalent prior-year period
  • Orthopaedics revenue declined -1.1% (-4.9% reported) reflecting execution and supply chain challenges, and China VBP
  • Sports Medicine & ENT up 1.9% (-2.4% reported) with growth significantly impacted by the COVID-related lockdown in China
  • Advanced Wound Management up 3.8% (-1.3% reported) with all regions and segments contributing

 

H1 Highlights1,2

  • H1 revenue of $2,600 million (2021: $2,599 million), up 3.5% on an underlying basis (flat on a reported basis including 350bps FX headwind)
  • Operating profit of $242 million (2021: $239 million)
  • Trading profit of $440 million (2021: $459 million). Trading profit margin of 16.9% (2021: 17.6%) reflects higher input inflation
  • $125 million of 2022 share buyback programme completed to date
  • Interim dividend of 14.4¢, in-line with prior year  

 

2022 Full Year Outlook1,2

  • Unchanged full-year underlying revenue growth guidance of 4.0% to 5.0%
  • Trading profit margin now expected to be around 17.5%, reflecting prolonged impact of the inflationary environment and continued external supply challenges

 

Strategic Highlights1,2  

  • Comprehensive action plan underway to drive excellence in execution supporting Strategy for Growth, focused on: 
    • Fixing Orthopaedics  
    • Improving productivity 
    • Accelerating growth in Advanced Wound Management and
      Sports Medicine & ENT
  • Continued cadence of new product launches and investment in R&D pipeline 

 

Deepak Nath, Chief Executive Officer, said:

“After only a few months at Smith+Nephew it is clear to me that we have many more opportunities than challenges. Our fundamental competitive position is strong, and we have a clear right to win in all three franchises through product differentiation and proprietary platform technologies. And, importantly, delivery is well on-track in two of the three franchises, providing 60% of our revenue.

 

“Orthopaedics continues to be held back by execution and supply chain challenges. In the last three months, I have reviewed the business and, together with the team, we have developed a comprehensive plan to drive better execution at pace.

 

“Our focus is on delivering our transformational strategy. We will drive operational benefits in Orthopaedics, as soon as this year, and build on our strong positions in Advanced Wound Management and Sports Medicine & ENT. I am confident in our ability to transform Smith+Nephew into a structurally higher-growth business delivering greater value for all our stakeholders.”

 

Analyst conference call

An analyst conference call to discuss Smith+Nephew’s second quarter and first half results will be held at 8.30am BST / 3.30am EDT, details of which are available on the Smith+Nephew website at https://www.smith-nephew.com/results/.

 

Enquiries

 

 

 

Investors

 

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Notes

 

  1. Unless otherwise specified as ‘reported’ or ‘organic’ all revenue growth throughout this document is ‘underlying’ after adjusting for the effects of currency translation and including the comparative impact of acquisitions and excluding disposals. All percentages compare to the equivalent 2021 period.

 

‘Organic revenue growth’ reconciles to reported revenue growth, the most directly comparable financial measure calculated in accordance with IFRS, by only making the ‘constant currency exchange effect’ adjustment described below.

‘Underlying revenue growth’ reconciles to reported revenue growth, the most directly comparable financial measure calculated in accordance with IFRS, by making two adjustments, the ‘constant currency exchange effect’ and the ‘acquisitions and disposals effect’, described below. See Other Information on pages 32 to 35 for a reconciliation of underlying revenue growth to reported revenue growth.

 

The ‘constant currency exchange effect’ is a measure of the increase/decrease in revenue resulting from currency movements on non-US Dollar sales and is measured as the difference between: 1) the increase/decrease in the current year revenue translated into US Dollars at the current year average exchange rate and the prior year revenue translated at the prior year rate; and 2) the increase/decrease being measured by translating current and prior year revenues into US Dollars using the prior year closing rate.

 

The ‘acquisitions and disposals effect’ is the measure of the impact on revenue from newly acquired material business combinations and recent material business disposals. This is calculated by comparing the current year, constant currency actual revenue (which includes acquisitions and excludes disposals from the relevant date of completion) with prior year, constant currency actual revenue, adjusted to include the results of acquisitions and exclude disposals for the commensurate period in the prior year. These sales are separately tracked in the Group’s internal reporting systems and are readily identifiable.

 

  1. Certain items included in ‘trading results’, such as trading profit, trading profit margin, tax rate on trading results, trading cash flow, trading profit to cash conversion ratio, EPSA and underlying growth are non-IFRS financial measures. The non-IFRS financial measures reported in this announcement are explained in Other Information on pages 32 to 35 and are reconciled to the most directly comparable financial measure prepared in accordance with IFRS. Reported results represent IFRS financial measures as shown in the Condensed Consolidated Interim Financial Statements.

 

Smith+Nephew Second Quarter Trading and First Half 2022 Results

 

Delivering our Transformational Strategy for Growth

 

Smith+Nephew has a clear Strategy for Growth. Through this we will compound our outperformance in Advanced Wound Management and Sports Medicine & ENT, and regain momentum in Orthopaedics. Our ambition is to transform to a structurally higher-growth company.

 

Our Strategy for Growth is based on three pillars.

  • First, Strengthen the foundations of Smith+Nephew. A solid base in commercial and manufacturing will enable us to serve customers sustainably and simply, and deliver the best from our core portfolio.
  • Second, Accelerate our growth profitably, through more robust prioritisation of resources and investment, and with continuing customer focus.
  • Third, continue to Transform ourselves for higher long-term growth, through investment in innovation and acquisitions.

 

Better Execution at Pace

 

In recent years we have consistently demonstrated successful execution across Sports Medicine and improved performance from Advanced Wound Management. Following investment, Orthopaedics has a strong portfolio with differentiated products and enabling technologies, but recent performance has been held back by execution and supply chain challenges.

 

To take the business forward and deliver on our Strategy for Growth pillars to Strengthen and Accelerate, we have in the last three months developed a comprehensive plan to drive better execution at pace, focused on:

 

  • Fixing Orthopaedics 
  • Improving productivity 
  • Accelerating growth in Advanced Wound Management and Sports Medicine & ENT

 

Among the actions to address these are the following:

 

  • Rewiring Orthopaedics commercial delivery and winning share with our current portfolio through greater focus on differentiated products and procedural innovations and more detailed customer segmentation, aligning sales resources and incentives with the greatest growth opportunities
  • Streamlining the reconstruction portfolio to reduce the number of implant systems in each category and focus sales on lead brands
  • Improving asset utilisation by establishing clear principles on where instrument sets are placed, along with use of digital planning tools
  • Rebuilding demand planning process through closer collaboration between operations and commercial, improving short and long-term planning signals

 

Along with strengthening Orthopaedics, we see significant opportunities to invest further behind our well performing Advanced Wound Management and Sports Medicine & ENT franchises.

 

Our actions are focused on maximising the value of our strong portfolio, where we already have leading technology across the franchises. The plan includes clear accountability to ensure sustained impact. We have a refreshed leadership team across Orthopaedics and Global Operations with area specific experience and track record. There is a high cadence of interactions for the responsible teams under the oversight of the Chief Executive Officer. Each area has specific action plans with meaningful KPIs to track progress and ensure accountability.

 

First Half Delivery of Strategy

 

We continue to invest behind our manufacturing and supply chain operations to drive productivity. During the first half we opened our new high technology orthopaedics manufacturing facility in Malaysia and announced plans for a new R&D and manufacturing facility for Advanced Wound Management in the UK. We are also closely managing the impact of the widely reported global shortages of some raw materials and components.

 

Our commitment to innovation is central to our Strategy for Growth and we continue to invest behind recent product launches and in our R&D programme. New product launches in the first half included expanding the robotics-enabled CORI Surgical System by bringing both cementless total knee and total hip arthroplasty onto the platform. Other new innovations include the WOUND COMPASS Clinical Support App,  a comprehensive digital support tool for health care professionals that aids wound assessment and decision-making to help reduce practice variation.

 

We have continued to deliver successful acquisitions, bringing novel and disruptive technologies into our portfolio. In January we acquired Engage Surgical, owner of the only cementless partial knee system commercially available in the US. The system will have an application on CORI in the future.

 

Second Quarter 2022 Trading Update

 

Our second quarter revenue was $1,293 million (2021: $1,335 million), up 1.2% year-on-year on an underlying basis. On a reported basis this represented a decline of -3.1%, including a 430bps headwind from foreign exchange (primarily due to the strength of the US Dollar). The second quarter comprised 63 trading days, one less than the equivalent period in 2021.

 

Two of our three franchises delivered revenue growth in the quarter, with Sports Medicine & ENT up 1.9% (-2.4% reported) and Advanced Wound Management up 3.8% (-1.3% reported). Growth from Sports Medicine was significantly impacted by the recent COVID-related lockdowns in China. Advanced Wound Management delivered growth across all regions and segments. Revenue from Orthopaedics declined -1.1% (-4.9% reported). This performance reflects the implementation of the previously disclosed hip and knee volume-based-procurement (VBP) programme in China.

 

Revenue growth in our Established Markets was up 1.2% (-3.2% reported). Within this, the US delivered 2.0% revenue growth (2.0% reported) while Other Established Markets was flat (-11.4% reported) reflecting a weak quarter in Asia-Pacific. Emerging Markets revenue was up 0.8% (-3.0% reported) with the expected China performance offset by strong growth in India, Middle East and Latin America as COVID-related restrictions eased.

 

Second Quarter Consolidated Revenue Analysis

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2 July  

3 July  

Reported 

Underlying 

Acquisitions 

Currency 

 

2022 

2021 

growth 

growth(i) 

/disposals 

impact 

Consolidated revenue by franchise 

$m 

$m 

% 

% 

% 

% 

Orthopaedics 

 530 

 557 

 -4.9  

 -1.1  

 - 

 -3.8  

Knee Implants

 223

 226

 -1.3 

 2.7

              -

 -4.0 

Hip Implants

 149

 161

 -7.7 

 -3.7 

 -

 -4.0 

Other Reconstruction(ii)

 23

 21

 6.0

    10.8

 -

 -4.8 

Trauma & Extremities

 135

 149

 -8.9 

 -6.0 

 -

 -2.9 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sports Medicine & ENT 

 381 

 391 

 -2.4  

 1.9 

  - 

 -4.3  

Sports Medicine Joint Repair

 206

 211

 -2.3 

 2.1

 -

 -4.4 

Arthroscopic Enabling Technologies

 140

 147

 -5.0 

 -0.5 

 -

 -4.5 

ENT (Ear, Nose and Throat)

 35

 33

 8.4

11.2

 -

 -2.8 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Advanced Wound Management 

 382 

 387 

 -1.3  

 3.8 

 - 

 -5.1  

Advanced Wound Care

 178

 186

 -4.4 

 3.3

 -

 -7.7 

Advanced Wound Bioactives

 134

 132

 1.8

 2.4

 -

 -0.6 

Advanced Wound Devices

 70

 69

 0.9

 7.9

 -

 -7.0 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total 

 1,293 

 1,335 

 -3.1  

 1.2 

 - 

 -4.3  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Consolidated revenue by geography 

 

 

 

 

 

 

US

 690

 677

 2.0

 2.0

 -

      -

Other Established Markets(iii)

 374

 422

-11.4 

     -

 -

-11.4 

Total Established Markets 

 1,064 

 1,099 

 -3.2  

 1.2 

              - 

 -4.4  

Emerging Markets

 229

 236

 -3.0 

 0.8

-

 -3.8 

Total 

 1,293 

 1,335 

 -3.1  

 1.2 

 - 

 -4.3  

 

(i)   Underlying growth is defined in Note 1 on page 3

(ii)  Other Reconstruction includes robotics capital sales, our joint reconstruction business and cement

(iii)  Other Established Markets are Europe, Canada, Japan, Australia and New Zealand

 

 

Orthopaedics

 

Revenue from our Orthopaedics franchise declined -1.1% (-4.9% reported) in the second quarter. Excluding China, Orthopaedics grew by around 2%.

 

Knee Implants revenue was up 2.7% (-1.3% reported) and Hip Implants revenue was down -3.7% (-7.7% reported). Our performance was impacted by execution and supply chain challenges, and China VBP. We delivered modest growth across our primary cemented total knee systems, driving benefit from the recovery in elective surgery volumes. We also continued to roll-out the launch of the LEGION CONCELOC Cementless Total Knee System.

 

Other Reconstruction revenue growth was 10.8% (6.0% reported) with strong demand for the CORI Surgical System.

 

In Trauma & Extremities revenue declined -6.0% (-8.9% reported) with growth in hip fracture offset by our decision not to participate in the broader roll-out of  provincial trauma tenders in China. We continue to invest behind the EVOS Plating System, including launching EVOS Large in the second half of the year.

 

Sports Medicine & ENT

 

Sports Medicine & ENT delivered revenue growth of 1.9% (-2.4% reported). Excluding China, growth would have been around 5%.

 

Sports Medicine Joint Repair revenue was up 2.1% (-2.3% reported) in the quarter, reflecting the previously mentioned COVID-lockdown impact in China offsetting performance elsewhere, which was led by good growth from our knee repair portfolio in Established Markets, as levels of physical activity normalise.

 

Arthroscopic Enabling Technologies revenue declined -0.5% (-5.0% reported) with growth across fluid management and video offset by continued softness in core COBLATION and patient positioning.

 

ENT revenue was up 11.2% (8.4% reported) reflecting the continued recovery in procedure volumes from the impact of COVID and successful price increases in the US.

 

Advanced Wound Management

 

Advanced Wound Management revenue growth was 3.8% (-1.3% reported).

 

Advanced Wound Care revenue was up 3.3% (-4.4% reported) including good growth from our infection management portfolio and a strong quarter in Emerging Markets and Japan, Australia and New Zealand.

 

Advanced Wound Bioactives revenue was up 2.4% (1.8% reported) driven by our skin substitutes portfolio.

 

Advanced Wound Devices revenue was up 7.9% (0.9% reported), reflecting continued strong growth from our PICO single-use Negative Pressure Wound Therapy System.

 

First Half 2022 Consolidated Analysis

 

Smith+Nephew results for the first half ended 2 July 2022:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Reported 

 

2022 

2021 

growth 

 

$m 

$m 

% 

Revenue 

 2,600

 2,599

  -

Operating profit 

 242

 239

 1

Acquisition and disposal related items

 1

 12

 

Restructuring and rationalisation costs

 63

 77

 

Amortisation and impairment of acquisition intangibles

 105

 87

 

Legal and other

 29

 44

 

Trading profit(i) 

 440

 459

 -4 

 

¢ 

¢ 

 

Earnings per share ('EPS') 

 20.2

 23.4

   -14 

Acquisition and disposal related items

 (0.2)

 (2.2)

 

Restructuring and rationalisation costs

 5.8

 7.2

 

Amortisation and impairment of acquisition intangibles

 9.4

 7.7

 

Legal and other

 2.9

 2.7

 

Adjusted Earnings per share ('EPSA')(i) 

 38.1

 38.8

 -2 

 

 

 

 

 

(i)           See Other Information on pages 32 to 35

 

First Half 2022 Analysis

 

Our first half revenue was $2,600 million (H1 2021: $2,599 million), up 3.5% on an underlying basis and flat on a reported basis, including a foreign exchange headwind of 350bps. The first half comprised 127 trading days, one fewer than the equivalent period in 2021.

 

The Group reported an operating profit of $242 million (H1 2021: $239 million) after acquisition and disposal related items, restructuring and rationalisation costs, amortisation and impairment of acquisition intangibles and legal and other items incurred in the first half (see Other Information on pages 32 to 35).

 

Trading profit was $440 million in the first half (H1 2021: $459 million), with a trading profit margin of 16.9% (H1 2021: 17.6%). The margin decline reflects higher input inflation in freight and logistics, the impact of China VBP, as well as sales and marketing expenditure levels returning to more normal levels (see Note 2 to the Interim Financial Statements for global franchise trading profit).

 

Restructuring costs, primarily related to the Operations and Commercial Excellence programme, totalled $63 million in the first half, with incremental benefits recognised of around $25 million.

 

Cash generated from operations was $227 million (H1 2021: $459 million) and trading cash flow was $154 million (H1 2021: $404 million) as we saw adverse working capital movements, driven primarily from inventory including from spot buying of raw materials and components to secure supply and mitigate the risk of shortages, and as we continued to invest in capital expenditure, including progressing changes to our manufacturing network (see Other Information on pages 32 to 35 for a reconciliation between cash generated from operations and trading cash flow). The trading profit to cash conversion ratio was 35% (H1 2021: 88%), which is expected to improve in the second half of 2022 as inventory balances stabilise and other working capital movements phase out.

 

The net interest charge within reported results was $32 million (H1 2021: $39 million) with the charge lower than prior year due to debt repayments made in the second half of 2021 and the first half of 2022. The Group’s net debt, excluding lease liabilities, at 2 July 2022 was $2,197 million (see Note 7 to the Interim Financial Statements) with committed facilities of $3.7 billion.

 

On 18 January 2022 the Group completed the acquisition of Engage Uni, LLC (operating as Engage Surgical) for a provisional fair value consideration of $131 million (see Note 6 to the Financial Statements for further detail). The provisional fair value of assets acquired included $44 million for intangible assets and $84 million for goodwill.

 

Our reported tax for the period ended 2 July 2022 was a charge of $27 million (H1 2021: $18 million). The tax rate on trading results for the period ended 2 July 2022 was 17.6% (H1 2021: 18.3%) (see Note 4 to the Interim Financial Statements and Other Information on pages 32 to 35 for further details on taxation).

 

Basic earnings per share (‘EPS’) was 20.2¢ (40.4¢ per ADS) (H1 2021: 23.4¢ per share). Adjusted earnings per share (‘EPSA’) was 38.1¢ (76.2¢ per ADS) (H1 2021: 38.8¢ per share).

 

Share Buyback

 

In December 2021 we announced an updated capital allocation policy to prioritise the use of cash as follows:

  1. Invest in innovation to drive organic growth, and to meet our sustainability targets and further embed our ESG agenda
  2. Acquire new technologies and expand in higher growth segments, that have a strong strategic fit and meet our financial criteria
  3. Maintain investment grade credit metrics, our existing progressive dividend policy, and an optimal balance sheet position
  4. Return surplus capital to shareholders through a regular annual buyback, with circa $250 million to $300 million of buybacks proposed in 2022

 

The share buyback commenced on 22 February 2022. To date $125 million of the 2022 buyback has been completed, with the 7.8 million shares repurchased representing 0.9% of our year end 2021 share count.

 

Interim Dividend

 

Consistent with previous periods, the interim dividend is set by a formula and is equivalent to 40% of the total dividend for the previous year. The interim dividend for the first half of 2022 is therefore 14.4¢ per share (28.8¢ per ADS), in line with last year (H1 2021: 14.4¢ per share). This equates to 12.0p per share at prevailing exchange rates as of 22 July 2022. This dividend is payable on 26 October 2022 to shareholders whose names appear on the register at the close of business on 30 September 2022 (see Note 5 to the Interim Financial Statements for further detail).

 

2022 Full Year Outlook

 

In February we announced our guidance for 2022 targeting underlying revenue growth of 4.0% to 5.0% with an expansion in trading profit margin of around 50bps for the full year.

 

Our revenue growth guidance for 2022 is unchanged at 4.0% to 5.0% (around
-0.2% to +0.8% on a reported basis, including a foreign exchange headwind of 420bps based on exchange rates prevailing on 22 July 2022). As previously disclosed we expect revenue growth to be stronger in the second half than the first half of 2022.

 

In terms of trading profit margin, we now expect the trading profit margin to be around 17.5%, reflecting prolonged impact of the inflationary environment and continued external supply challenges.

 

We expect the tax rate on trading results for 2022 to be around 18%, subject to any material changes to tax law, or other one-off items.

 

 

Forward calendar

 

The Q3 Trading Report will be released on 3 November 2022.

 

About Smith+Nephew

 

Smith+Nephew is a portfolio medical technology company that exists to restore people’s bodies and their self-belief by using technology to take the limits off living. We call this purpose ‘Life Unlimited’. Our 18,000 employees deliver this mission every day, making a difference to patients’ lives through the excellence of our product portfolio, and the invention and application of new technologies across our three global franchises of Orthopaedics, Sports Medicine & ENT and Advanced Wound Management.

 

Founded in Hull, UK, in 1856, we now operate in more than 100 countries, and generated annual sales of $5.2 billion in 2021. Smith+Nephew is a constituent of the FTSE100 (LSE:SN, NYSE:SNN). The terms ‘Group’ and ‘Smith+Nephew’ are used to refer to Smith & Nephew plc and its consolidated subsidiaries, unless the context requires otherwise.

 

For more information about Smith+Nephew, please visit www.smith-nephew.com and follow us on Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram or Facebook.

 

Forward-looking statements

 

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