23 January 2018

Smith & Nephew update on tax

Smith & Nephew (NYSE:SNN; LSE:SN), the global medical technology business, today announces updated guidance regarding its expected corporate tax rate following legislative changes to the tax environment in the United States.

Smith & Nephew has now completed its initial analysis of the implications of the recently enacted US tax reform legislation, including the reduction in the US federal corporate income tax rate from 35% to 21% which came into effect on 1 January 2018. As a result of this change, from 2018 Smith & Nephew now expects a corporate tax rate on trading results in the range 20% to 21% for the medium term, barring any changes to tax legislation or other one-off items. This is a reduction of 4 to 5 percentage points on our previous guidance of around 25%.

The one-time effects of US tax reform in 2017, including the revaluation of certain deferred tax balances, are not expected to be material and will be taken outside trading results. 

Separately, we now expect the full year tax rate on 2017 trading results to be lower than our previous guidance of around 22%. This is mainly due to the release of provisions, which are one-off in nature, as we conclude and revise open tax issues, including the US tax audit as reported at the half year. The final tax rate will be disclosed with Smith & Nephew’s results for the year ended 31 December 2017 published on 8 February 2018.


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About Smith & Nephew

Smith & Nephew is a global medical technology business dedicated to supporting healthcare professionals in their daily efforts to improve the lives of their patients. With leadership positions in Orthopaedic Reconstruction, Advanced Wound Management, Sports Medicine and Trauma & Extremities, Smith & Nephew has more than 15,000 employees and a presence in more than 100 countries. Annual sales in 2016 were almost $4.7 billion. Smith & Nephew is a member of the FTSE100 (LSE: SN, NYSE: SNN).

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