Walgreens Boots Alliance Reports Fiscal 2022 Second Quarter Results

Walgreens Boots Alliance Reports Fiscal 2022 Second Quarter Results




Walgreens Boots Alliance Reports Fiscal 2022 Second Quarter Results

Strong Execution with Continued Progress on Strategic Priorities

Second quarter highlights

  • Second quarter earnings per share (EPS*) from continuing operations was $1.02, a decrease compared with an EPS of $1.06 in the year-ago quarter; continuing operations adjusted** EPS increased 25.9 percent to $1.59, up 26.5 percent on a constant currency basis
  • Second quarter sales from continuing operations increased 3.0 percent over the year-ago quarter to $33.8 billion, up 3.8 percent on a constant currency basis
  • Second quarter operating income from continuing operations increased to $1.2 billion, compared with operating income of $832 million in the year-ago quarter; adjusted operating income from continuing operations increased to $1.7 billion, up 35.9 percent on a constant currency basis
  • Strategic review of the Boots business in progress, in line with the company’s renewed priorities and strategic direction, including greater focus on U.S. healthcare

Strong operational performance

  • Strong execution across business segments, led by COVID-19 vaccinations and testing, U.S. retail comparable sales up 14.7 percent, and Boots UK retail comparable sales up 22.0 percent with share gains across all major categories
  • WBA continues to serve local communities to manage the COVID-19 pandemic, with Walgreens administering over 62.8 million vaccines to date, including 11.8 million in the second quarter
  • Walgreens Health pro forma sales up 128 percent compared to year-ago standalone results, progressing toward long-term targets
  • The expanded Transformational Cost Management Program is on track to deliver $3.3 billion in annual cost savings by fiscal 2024

Fiscal 2022 outlook

  • Maintaining full year adjusted EPS guidance of low-single digit growth

DEERFIELD, Ill.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Walgreens Boots Alliance, Inc. (Nasdaq: WBA) today announced financial results for the second quarter of fiscal 2022, which ended February 28, 2022.

Chief Executive Officer Rosalind Brewer said:

“Second quarter results demonstrated broad-based execution, driving strong comparable sales and robust earnings growth. We continue to make important strides along our strategic priorities, building a consumer-centric, technology-enabled healthcare enterprise at the center of local communities. VillageMD and Shields are delivering tremendous pro forma sales growth compared to their year-ago standalone results, and our Walgreens Health segment is on track toward long-term targets. The strategic review of our Boots business is progressing, and our transformational actions are accelerating sustainable value creation.”

Overview of Second Quarter Results

WBA second quarter sales from continuing operations increased 3.0 percent from the year-ago quarter to $33.8 billion, an increase of 3.8 percent on a constant currency basis. The performance reflects sales growth at Walgreens and in the International segment, and sales contributions from the Walgreens Health segment due to the recent acquisitions and consolidation of VillageMD and Shields, partly offset by a decline in sales at AllianceRx Walgreens.

Operating income from continuing operations was $1.2 billion in the second quarter compared to operating income of $832 million in the year-ago quarter. Adjusted operating income from continuing operations was $1.7 billion, an increase of 35.9 percent on a constant currency basis. The increases reflect strong adjusted gross profit growth across both pharmacy and retail in the United States and a continued rebound in International segment sales and profitability, partly offset by growth investments in Walgreens Health.

Net earnings from continuing operations were $883 million in the second quarter compared to $922 million in the year-ago quarter, reflecting robust operating performance offset by the company’s equity investments, including the lapping of a gain on the partial sale of the company’s equity method investment in Option Care Health in the year-ago quarter. Adjusted net earnings from continuing operations increased 25.8 percent to $1.4 billion, up 26.4 percent on a constant currency basis compared with the year-ago quarter.

EPS from continuing operations in the second quarter was $1.02 compared to EPS of $1.06 in the year-ago quarter. Adjusted EPS from continuing operations was $1.59, an increase of 25.9 percent on a reported basis and an increase of 26.5 percent on a constant currency basis.

Net cash provided by operating activities was $1.1 billion in the second quarter and free cash flow was $669 million, a $431 million decrease in free cash flow compared with the year-ago quarter primarily driven by phasing of working capital, repayment of COVID-19 related government support, and increased capital expenditures in growth initiatives, including rollout of new automated microfulfillment centers and the VillageMD footprint expansion.

Overview of Fiscal 2022 Year-to-Date Results

Sales from continuing operations in the first six months of fiscal 2022 were $67.7 billion, an increase of 5.4 percent from the same period a year ago, and an increase of 5.7 percent on a constant currency basis, reflecting strong comparable sales growth at Walgreens and in the International segment.

Operating income from continuing operations in the first six months of fiscal 2022 was $2.5 billion compared to $298 million in the same period a year ago. This was partly driven by a $1.5 billion charge from the company’s equity earnings in AmerisourceBergen in the year-ago period. Adjusted operating income from continuing operations in the first six months of the fiscal year was $3.4 billion, an increase of 41.8 percent from the same period a year ago on a reported basis, and up 42.1 percent on a constant currency basis. The increases reflect strong adjusted gross profit growth across both pharmacy and retail in the United States and a continued rebound in International segment sales and profitability, partly offset by growth investments in Walgreens Health.

For the first six months of fiscal 2022, net earnings from continuing operations increased $3.9 billion compared to the same period a year earlier, to $4.5 billion, reflecting a $2.5 billion after-tax gain in the first quarter due to the valuation of the company’s previously held minority equity and debt investments in VillageMD and Shields, and the lapping of a $1.2 billion charge, net of tax, from the company’s equity earnings in AmerisourceBergen in the year-ago period. Adjusted net earnings from continuing operations increased 39.0 percent in constant currency to $2.8 billion.

EPS from continuing operations for the first six months of fiscal 2022 increased $4.54 to $5.15, compared to the same period a year ago. Adjusted EPS from continuing operations was $3.27, an increase of 38.6 percent on a reported basis and an increase of 38.8 percent on a constant currency basis.

Net cash provided by operating activities was $2.2 billion in the first six months of fiscal 2022, a decrease of $372 million from the same period last year, and free cash flow was $1.3 billion, a decrease of $550 million from the same period a year ago driven by the decline of the AllianceRx Walgreens business, phasing of working capital and increased capital expenditures in growth initiatives, including rollout of new automated microfulfillment centers and the VillageMD footprint expansion.

Business Highlights

WBA continued to execute on its strategy and achieve strong results across its businesses, including:

Growing the core

  • Playing a leading role in COVID-19 vaccinations and testing

    – Walgreens administered 11.8 million vaccinations and 6.6 million tests in 2Q

    – Over 12 million boosters administered to date

    – Largest pediatric vaccine provider in the pharmacy channel

    – Launched the Walgreens COVID-19 Index to advance rapid detection of the Omicron variant and to track variant activity by state
  • U.S. retail comparable sales growth of 14.7 percent was the highest in over 20 years
  • Robust growth in U.S. omnichannel business with digital sales up 38 percent in 2Q, on top of 78 percent in the year-ago period, driven by 3.9 million same day pick-up orders
  • MyWalgreens membership reached 96.1 million members in 2Q, up 10.9 million since 4Q
  • Three automated microfulfillment centers opened, on pace to 22 centers by the end of FY24
  • Reintroduction of iconic Boots 17 beauty brand in February
  • Nationwide launch of Boots Price Advantage program for Advantage cardholders

Developing Walgreens Health

  • Leveraging VillageMD and Shields majority investments
  • Rollout of VillageMD continues with 102 co-located clinics now open, on track toward 200+ by CY22 year-end; expansion into new markets including Boston, Massachusetts; Jacksonville, Florida; and Tucson, Arizona in February; Denver, Colorado in January; and San Antonio, Texas in December
  • Shields contract wins with two significant health systems with geographic reach in the Northwest and Northeast U.S.
  • 47 Walgreens Health Corners launched to date, on track toward 100+ by CY22 year-end
  • Added features to the Walgreens Health consumer app, including secure chat with health advisors, to increase access, engagement, and convenience
  • CareCentrix closing expected by the end of 3Q, subject to regulatory approval

Refocusing the portfolio

  • Strategic review of the Boots business is progressing
  • Completed the consolidation of holding in AllianceRx Walgreens from 55 percent to 100 percent, on December 31, 2021
  • Acquired remaining interest in Germany wholesale business on January 31, 2022

Building a high-performance culture and winning team

  • Achieved recent honors, including being named to Fast Company’s list of the World’s 50 Most Innovative Companies, and Time’s 100 Most Influential Companies
  • Launched FY21 Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) Report
  • Moving to a hybrid working model, and expecting to fully reopen U.S. support offices on April 4
  • Driving the national discussion on provider status for pharmacists, in recognition of their critical role in the COVID-19 response

Business Segments

United States:

The United States segment had second quarter sales of $27.7 billion, an increase of 1.2 percent from the year-ago quarter, partly offset by a decline in the AllianceRx Walgreens business. Comparable sales increased 9.5 percent from the year-ago quarter.

Pharmacy sales decreased 3.3 percent compared to the year-ago quarter, negatively impacted by a 910 basis point headwind from the AllianceRx Walgreens business. Comparable pharmacy sales increased 7.3 percent in the quarter compared to a year ago, with prescriptions filled increasing by 4.7 percent, including a positive impact of approximately 275 basis points from COVID-19 vaccinations. Total prescriptions filled in the quarter increased 3.9 percent to 300 million, including immunizations, adjusted to 30-day equivalents.

Retail sales increased 14.5 percent and comparable retail sales increased 14.7 percent compared to the year-ago quarter. Excluding tobacco and e-cigarettes, comparable retail sales increased 15.7 percent, reflecting broad based growth across all categories. In particular, health and wellness increased 43.3 percent aided by at-home COVID-19 tests and cough cold flu, and personal care and beauty increased 9.7 percent and 6.5 percent, respectively.

Gross profit increased 13.8 percent compared with the year-ago quarter. Adjusted gross profit increased 13.7 percent driven by COVID-19 vaccinations and testing and strong retail sales growth.

Selling, general and administrative expenses (SG&A) increased 4.9 percent compared to the year ago quarter. Adjusted SG&A increased 8.3 percent, driven by investments to support COVID-19 vaccinations and testing revenue growth and labor investments, partly offset by savings from the Transformational Cost Management program.

Operating income in the second quarter increased 67.9 percent to $1.4 billion compared to the year-ago quarter. Adjusted operating income increased 36.5 percent to $1.6 billion.

International:

The International segment had second quarter sales of $5.6 billion, an increase of 2.6 percent from the year-ago quarter, including an adverse currency impact of 4.9 percent. Sales increased 7.5 percent on a constant currency basis, reflecting the ongoing recovery in the UK market, despite the trading headwind created by the Omicron variant, with Boots UK sales growing 15.2 percent, and the Germany wholesale business sales up 2.5 percent.

Boots UK comparable pharmacy sales increased 3.6 percent compared to the year-ago quarter, reflecting stronger demand for pharmacy services. Boots UK comparable retail sales increased 22.0 percent compared with the year-ago quarter, with market share gains across all categories, led by beauty. Footfall improved compared to year-ago quarter, though traffic was still below pre-COVID-19 levels, with restrictions to combat the Omicron surge in place for most of the quarter. Boots.com continued to perform well, with digital sales in the second quarter up 60 percent compared to pre-COVID-19 levels in the second quarter of fiscal 2020. Boots.com accounted for over 15 percent of retail sales in the quarter, compared to pre-COVID-19 levels of 9 percent.

Gross profit increased 11.8 percent compared to the same quarter a year ago, including an adverse currency impact of 3.4 percent. Adjusted gross profit increased 15.2 percent on a constant currency basis, reflecting strong UK growth, notably from higher retail store transactions.

SG&A in the quarter increased 6.2 percent from the year-ago quarter to $1.0 billion, including a favorable currency impact of 2.9 percent. Adjusted SG&A increased 8.1 percent on a constant currency basis. The increase in both SG&A and adjusted SG&A reflects increased investments in labor, marketing and IT compared to the year-ago quarter.

Operating income grew 62.8 percent, including an adverse currency impact of 7.4 percent, to $173 million. Adjusted operating income grew to $226 million, an increase of 60.7 percent on a constant currency basis, compared to the year-ago quarter.

Walgreens Health:

The company’s Walgreens Health segment, created at the beginning of fiscal year 2022, is a consumer-centric, technology-enabled healthcare business that engages consumers through a personalized, omni-channel experience across the care journey. Walgreens Health will deliver improved health outcomes and lower costs for payors and providers by delivering care through owned and partnered assets.

The Walgreens Health segment currently consists of:

  • A majority position in VillageMD, a leading, national provider of value-based primary care services;
  • A majority position in Shields, a specialty pharmacy integrator and accelerator for hospitals; and
  • The Walgreens Health organically-developed business that contracts with payors and providers to deliver clinical healthcare services to their members and members’ caregivers through both digital and physical channels.

The Walgreens Health segment had second quarter sales of $527 million resulting from the acquisition of VillageMD and Shields. On a pro forma basis, compared to their year-ago standalone results, these businesses grew at combined rate of 128 percent in the quarter. Shields grew 63 percent, driven by key contract wins, further expansion of existing partnerships, efficient implementation, and strong executional focus. VillageMD grew 145 percent, reflecting existing clinic growth and footprint expansion.

Gross profit and adjusted gross profit were each $15 million, both reflecting results from Shields and VillageMD. Gross profit and adjusted gross profit were driven by Shields key contract wins in the current quarter, partly offset by growth investments at VillageMD which added 82 co-located clinics versus the year-ago quarter.

Second quarter SG&A was $227 million, and adjusted SG&A was $92 million reflecting the two acquisitions, and further acceleration of investments in the Walgreens Health organically-developed business. Operating loss was $212 million. Adjusted operating loss was $77 million.

Conference Call

WBA will hold a conference call to discuss the second quarter results beginning at 8:30 a.m. Eastern time today, 2022. The conference call will be simulcast through the WBA investor relations website at: http://investor.walgreensbootsalliance.com. A replay of the conference call will be archived on the website for 12 months after the call.

*All references to EPS and net earnings are to diluted EPS and diluted net earnings, in each case attributable to WBA.

**”Adjusted,” “constant currency” and free cash flow amounts are non-GAAP financial measures. See the appendix to this release for a discussion of non-GAAP financial measures, including a reconciliation to the most closely correlated GAAP measure.

Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements: This release contains forward-looking statements made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These include, without limitation, estimates of and goals for future operating, financial and tax performance and results, including our fiscal year 2022 guidance, our long-term growth algorithm and related assumptions and drivers, as well as forward-looking statements concerning the expected execution and effect of our business strategies, including the strategic review of Boots, the potential impacts on our business of the spread and impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, our cost-savings and growth initiatives, including statements relating to our expected cost savings under our Transformational Cost Management and expansion of our Walgreens Health segment. All statements in the future tense and all statements accompanied by words such as “expect,” “outlook,” “forecast,” “would,” “could,” “should,” “can,” “will,” “project,” “intend,” “plan,” “goal,” “guidance,” “target,” “aim,” continue,” “transform,” “accelerate,” “model,” “long-term,” “believe,” “seek,” “estimate,” “anticipate,” “may,” “possible,” “assume,” and variations of such words and similar expressions are intended to identify such forward-looking statements.

These forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance and are subject to risks, uncertainties and assumptions, known or unknown, that could cause actual results to vary materially from those indicated or anticipated.

These risks, assumptions and uncertainties include those described in Item 1A (Risk Factors) of our Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended August 31, 2021, as amended, and in other documents that we file or furnish with the Securities and Exchange Commission. If one or more of these risks or uncertainties materializes, or if underlying assumptions prove incorrect, actual results may vary materially from those indicated or anticipated by such forward-looking statements. All forward-looking statements we make or that are made on our behalf are qualified by these cautionary statements. You should not place undue reliance on forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date they are made.

We do not undertake, and expressly disclaim, any duty or obligation to update publicly any forward-looking statement after the date of this release, whether as a result of new information, future events, changes in assumptions or otherwise.

Please refer to the supplemental information presented below for reconciliations of the non-GAAP financial measures used in this release to the most comparable GAAP financial measure and related disclosures.

Notes to Editors:

About Walgreens Boots Alliance

Walgreens Boots Alliance (Nasdaq: WBA) is an integrated healthcare, pharmacy and retail leader serving millions of customers and patients every day, with a 170-year heritage of caring for communities.

A trusted, global innovator in retail pharmacy with approximately 13,000 locations across the U.S., Europe and Latin America, WBA plays a critical role in the healthcare ecosystem. The company is reimagining local healthcare and well-being for all as part of its purpose – to create more joyful lives through better health. Through dispensing medicines, improving access to a wide range of health services, providing high quality health and beauty products and offering anytime, anywhere convenience across its digital platforms, WBA is shaping the future of healthcare.

WBA has more than 315,000 team members and a presence in nine countries through its portfolio of consumer brands: Walgreens, Boots, Duane Reade, the No7 Beauty Company, Benavides in Mexico and Ahumada in Chile. Additionally, WBA has a portfolio of healthcare-focused investments located in several countries, including China and the U.S.

The company is proud of its contributions to healthy communities, a healthy planet, an inclusive workplace and a sustainable marketplace. WBA has been recognized for its commitment to operating sustainably: it is an index component of the Dow Jones Sustainability Indices (DJSI) and was named to the 100 Best Corporate Citizens 2021.

More company information is available at www.walgreensbootsalliance.com.

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WALGREENS BOOTS ALLIANCE, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONSOLIDATED CONDENSED STATEMENTS OF EARNINGS

(UNAUDITED)

(in millions, except per share amounts)

 

 

Three months ended February 28,

 

Six months ended February 28,

 

2022

 

2021

 

2022

 

2021

Sales

$

33,756

 

 

$

32,779

 

 

$

67,656

 

 

$

64,217

 

Cost of sales

 

26,047

 

 

 

25,998

 

 

 

52,374

 

 

 

50,806

 

Gross profit

 

7,708

 

 

 

6,781

 

 

 

15,283

 

 

 

13,411

 

Selling, general and administrative expenses

 

6,565

 

 

 

6,029

 

 

 

12,956

 

 

 

11,820

 

Equity earnings (loss) in AmerisourceBergen

 

103

 

 

 

80

 

 

 

202

 

 

 

(1,293

)

Operating income

 

1,246

 

 

 

832

 

 

 

2,529

 

 

 

298

 

Other (expense) income

 

(198

)

 

 

251

 

 

 

2,418

 

 

 

313

 

Earnings before interest and tax

 

1,047

 

 

 

1,083

 

 

 

4,947

 

 

 

611

 

Interest expense, net

 

100

 

 

 

137

 

 

 

186

 

 

 

272

 

Earnings before tax

 

947

 

 

 

946

 

 

 

4,761

 

 

 

339

 

Income tax provision (benefit)

 

172

 

 

 

42

 

 

 

447

 

 

 

(165

)

Post tax earnings from other equity method investments

 

31

 

 

 

13

 

 

 

24

 

 

 

29

 

Net earnings from continuing operations

 

806

 

 

 

918

 

 

 

4,337

 

 

 

532

 

Net earnings from discontinued operations

 

 

 

 

107

 

 

 

 

 

 

194

 

Net earnings

 

806

 

 

 

1,025

 

 

 

4,337

 

 

 

726

 

Net (loss) earnings attributable to non-controlling interests – continuing operations

 

(78

)

 

 

(4

)

 

 

(126

)

 

 

1

 

Net earnings attributable to non-controlling interests – discontinued operations

 

 

 

 

3

 

 

 

 

 

 

7

 

Net earnings attributable to Walgreens Boots Alliance, Inc.

 

883

 

 

 

1,026

 

 

 

4,463

 

 

 

718

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net earnings attributable to Walgreens Boots Alliance, Inc.:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Continuing operations

$

883

 

 

$

922

 

 

$

4,463

 

 

$

531

 

Discontinued operations

 

 

 

 

104

 

 

 

 

 

 

187

 

Total

$

883

 

 

$

1,026

 

 

$

4,463

 

 

$

718

 

Basic net earnings per common share:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Continuing operations

$

1.02

 

 

$

1.07

 

 

$

5.16

 

 

$

0.61

 

Discontinued operations

 

 

 

 

0.12

 

 

 

 

 

 

0.22

 

Total

$

1.02

 

 

$

1.19

 

 

$

5.16

 

 

$

0.83

 

Diluted net earnings per common share:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Continuing operations

$

1.02

 

 

$

1.06

 

 

$

5.15

 

 

$

0.61

 

Discontinued operations

 

 

 

 

0.12

 

 

 

 

 

 

0.22

 

Total

$

1.02

 

 

$

1.19

 

 

$

5.15

 

 

$

0.83

 

Weighted average common shares outstanding:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Basic

 

863.5

 

 

 

864.2

 

 

 

864.6

 

 

 

864.7

 

Diluted

 

865.2

 

 

 

865.6

 

 

 

866.4

 

 

 

865.7

 

WALGREENS BOOTS ALLIANCE, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONSOLIDATED CONDENSED BALANCE SHEETS

(UNAUDITED)

(in millions)

 

 

February 28,

2022

 

August 31,

2021

Assets

 

 

 

 

Current assets:

 

 

 

 

Cash and cash equivalents

 

$

1,887

 

$

1,193

Accounts receivable, net

 

 

5,328

 

 

5,663

Inventories

 

 

8,947

 

 

8,159

Other current assets

 

 

662

 

 

800

Total current assets

 

 

16,824

 

 

15,814

 

 

 

 

 

Non-current assets:

 

 

 

 

Property, plant and equipment, net

 

 

12,207

 

 

12,247

Operating lease right-of-use assets

 

 

21,730

 

 

21,893

Goodwill

 

 

21,958

 

 

12,421

Intangible assets, net

 

 

12,352

 

 

9,936

Equity method investments

 

 

6,247

 

 

6,987

Other non-current assets

 

 

1,366

 

 

1,987

Total non-current assets

 

 

75,859

 

 

65,471

Total assets

 

$

92,683

 

$

81,285

 

 

 

 

 

Liabilities, redeemable non-controlling interest and equity

 

 

 

 

Current liabilities:

 

 

 

 

Short-term debt

 

$

2,105

 

$

1,305

Trade accounts payable

 

 

11,178

 

 

11,136

Operating lease obligations

 

 

2,277

 

 

2,259

Accrued expenses and other liabilities

 

 

7,006

 

 

7,260

Income taxes

 

 

132

 

 

94

Total current liabilities

 

 

22,699

 

 

22,054

 

 

 

 

 

Non-current liabilities:

 

 

 

 

Long-term debt

 

 

11,203

 

 

7,675

Operating lease obligations

 

 

21,951

 

 

22,153

Deferred income taxes

 

 

1,892

 

 

1,850

Other non-current liabilities

 

 

3,259

 

 

3,413

Total non-current liabilities

 

 

38,305

 

 

35,091

 

 

 

 

 

Redeemable non-controlling interest

 

 

812

 

 

319

Total equity

 

 

30,867

 

 

23,822

Total liabilities, redeemable non-controlling interest and equity

 

$

92,683

 

$

81,285

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