Exhibit 99.1

 

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Walgreens Boots Alliance Fiscal 2021 Second Quarter Results Exceed Expectations

Company Raises Guidance for Fiscal Year

Second quarter results, year-over-year, including discontinued operations

 

   

Total earnings per share (EPS), including discontinued operations, increased 10.9 percent to $1.19, compared to $1.07 in the year-ago quarter; total adjusted EPS decreased 7.5 percent to $1.40, down 8.2 percent on a constant currency basis

Second quarter results, year-over-year, from continuing operations

 

   

Sales increased 4.6 percent to $32.8 billion, up 3.5 percent on a constant currency basis, excluding sales from discontinued operations of $4.8 billion

 

   

EPS from continuing operations increased 8.7 percent to $1.06; continuing operations adjusted EPS decreased 10.1 percent to $1.26, down 10.8 percent on a constant currency basis, reflecting an estimated adverse COVID-19 impact of 40 to 45 cents per share

Additional highlights

 

   

Net cash provided by operating activities in the first half of fiscal 2021 was $2.6 billion, an increase of $72 million compared with the same period a year ago; Free cash flow was $1.9 billion, up $85 million year-over-year

 

   

Walgreens has administered more than 8 million COVID-19 vaccines to date, including 4 million in March

Fiscal 2021 outlook

 

   

Company raised guidance to mid-to-high single digit growth in constant currency adjusted EPS from both total and continuing operations

CEO Transition

 

   

On March 15, Rosalind Brewer succeeded Stefano Pessina as the company’s chief executive officer and joined the WBA board of directors; Pessina transitioned to the role of executive chairman of the board

$6.5 billion divestiture of Alliance Healthcare on schedule to close before the end of fiscal 2021

 

   

Financial presentation changes: assets being divested are moved to discontinued operations

DEERFIELD, Ill., March 31, 2021—Walgreens Boots Alliance, Inc. (Nasdaq: WBA) today announced financial results for the second quarter of fiscal 2021, which ended Feb. 28, 2021.

“Overall, we have achieved a good financial quarter with results well ahead of expectations, despite significant impacts from COVID-19, and we have raised our full-year EPS guidance. I am optimistic about our ability to drive sustainable, long-term value for our shareholders, while acknowledging that there is still work to be done to stabilize the base business,” said Brewer. “I will continue to review closely all our initiatives, strategies and opportunities to capitalize fully on the incredible potential in front of us. Our team will move swiftly and decisively to best serve the needs of our patients, customers and communities around the world, at this critical time and beyond.”


Financial Reporting Revisions for Pending Disposition of Alliance Healthcare Businesses

On Jan. 6, 2021, WBA announced the sale of the majority of the company’s Alliance Healthcare business and a portion of the Retail Pharmacy International segment’s businesses in Europe to AmerisourceBergen for $6.5 billion. Upon closing, the company will account for the transaction as a business disposition. Until closing, the related assets, liabilities and operating results will be reported as discontinued operations and are reflected as such in the company’s second quarter financial results. As a result of the transaction, the company has reorganized its remaining businesses into two reportable operating segments, United States and International. Corporate-related overhead costs are recorded separately and included in consolidated continuing operations.

Overview of Second Quarter Results

WBA had fiscal 2021 second quarter sales from continuing operations of $32.8 billion, an increase of 4.6 percent from the year-ago quarter, and an increase of 3.5 percent on a constant currency basis1, reflecting strong International segment growth, aided by the company’s joint venture in Germany, and the United States segment.

Operating income from continuing operations was $832 million in the second quarter, compared with $1.1 billion in the same quarter a year ago. Adjusted operating income from continuing operations was $1.2 billion, a decrease of 22.5 percent on a reported currency basis and a decrease of 22.9 percent on a constant currency basis. The decreases reflect adverse COVID-19 impacts in the United States and International markets partly offset by cost savings related to the company’s Transformational Cost Management Program.

Total net earnings attributable to WBA, including discontinued operations, increased 8.4 percent compared with the same quarter a year ago to $1.0 billion, reflecting a gain from the sale of a portion of the company’s equity method investment in Option Care Health and a lower effective tax rate driven by discrete items, partly offset by lower operating income. Total adjusted net earnings in constant currency decreased 10.2 percent to $1.2 billion.

Total earnings per share2 (EPS) in the second quarter increased 10.9 percent to $1.19, compared to $1.07 in the year-ago quarter. Total adjusted EPS decreased 7.5 percent to $1.40, down 8.2 percent on a constant currency basis.

Net earnings from continuing operations in the second quarter increased 6.3 percent compared with the same quarter a year ago to $922 million. Adjusted net earnings from continuing operations decreased 12.1 percent to $1.1 billion, down 12.8 percent on a constant currency basis, compared with the same quarter a year ago.

EPS from continuing operations increased 8.7 percent to $1.06. Adjusted EPS from continuing operations was $1.26 compared with $1.41 the same quarter a year ago, a decrease of 10.1 percent on a reported basis and a decrease of 10.8 percent on a constant currency basis.

Net cash provided by operating activities was $1.4 billion in the second quarter and free cash flow was $1.1 billion, a $5 million decrease compared to the year-ago quarter.

Overview of Fiscal 2021 Year-to-Date Results

Sales from continuing operations in the first six months of fiscal 2021 were $64.2 billion, an increase of 4.8 percent from the same period a year ago, and an increase of 4.0 percent on a constant currency basis1.

Operating income from continuing operations in the first six months of fiscal 2021 was $298 million, a decrease of 85.5 percent from the same period a year ago mostly due to a charge in the first quarter from the company’s equity earnings in AmerisourceBergen. Adjusted operating income from continuing operations in the first six months of the fiscal year was $2.4 billion, a decrease of 17.2 percent from the same period a year ago on a reported basis, down 17.6 percent on a constant currency basis.

 

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For the first six months of fiscal 2021, total net earnings attributable to WBA, including discontinued operations, decreased 59.9 percent compared with the same period a year earlier, to $718 million. Total adjusted net earnings in constant currency decreased 12.2 percent to $2.3 billion.

Total EPS2, including discontinued operations, decreased 58.8 percent to $0.83. Total adjusted EPS decreased 9.3 percent to $2.62, down 9.8 percent on a constant currency basis.

In the same time period, net earnings from continuing operations decreased 67.5 percent compared with the same period a year earlier, to $531 million. Adjusted net earnings from continuing operations decreased 13.7 percent compared with the same period a year ago, to $2.0 billion, down 14.3 percent on a constant currency basis.

EPS from continuing operations for the first six months of fiscal 2021 decreased 66.7 percent to $0.61, compared with the same period a year ago. Adjusted EPS from continuing operations was $2.36, a decrease of 11.4 percent on a reported basis and a decrease of 12.0 percent on a constant currency basis reflecting adverse COVID-19 impacts of 70 to 75 cents per share.

Net cash provided by operating activities was $2.6 billion in the first six months of fiscal 2021, an increase of $72 million from the same period last year, and free cash flow was $1.9 billion, an increase of $85 million from the same period a year ago.

Company Outlook

The company raised fiscal 2021 guidance to mid-to-high single digit growth in constant currency adjusted EPS from both total and continuing operations. Previous guidance was for low single-digit growth. The revised guidance reflects first-half performance above expectations and anticipated strong growth in the second half of the fiscal year. The situation continues to be fluid in the second half due to COVID-19.

Fighting the Pandemic

Walgreens and Boots UK pharmacists continue to play a critical role on the front lines of the pandemic, including the following examples through March to date.

 

   

Walgreens has administered more than 8 million COVID-19 vaccinations including 4 million in March, and has provided some 5 million COVID-19 tests.

 

   

Working closely with the National Health Service (NHS), Boots UK has supported more than 2.6 million COVID-19 tests at 66 sites and has launched 25 major vaccination hubs at Boots stores.

Selected Highlights of Progress on Strategic Priorities:

 

   

Creating neighborhood health destinations around a more modern pharmacy

 

   

WBA established internally a technology-enabled healthcare startup, aimed at developing an integrated digital and physical consumer-centric healthcare delivery model.

 

   

Walgreens is on track to open 40 Village Medical at Walgreens locations by the end of the summer.

 

   

Accelerating digitalization

 

   

Walgreens digitally initiated retail sales increased 78 percent in the second quarter compared with the year-ago quarter.

 

   

WBA made a majority investment in pharmacy automation solutions company iA to support its expansion and further development, aiming to improve pharmacy efficiency and free up pharmacists’ time.

 

   

Walgreens Find Care platform use increased to nearly 70 million visits in the second quarter, mostly driven by COVID-19 testing and vaccinations.

 

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Transforming and restructuring the company’s retail offering

 

   

MyWalgreens membership grew to 56 million, an increase of more than 40 percent since the start of the calendar year.

 

   

As part of its continued focus on creating alternative profit streams, Walgreens expanded its financial services business strategy, announcing it will launch a range of services including credit cards and a digital bank account with debit card access.

 

   

Walgreens launched nationwide rollout of same-day delivery with Instacart.

 

   

More than 4 million orders have been completed since the launch of Walgreens same-day pick-up.

 

   

Boots UK online sales doubled in the second quarter.

 

   

Driving the Transformational Cost Management Program

 

   

The company is on track to deliver in excess of $2 billion in annual cost savings by fiscal 2022.

Business Segments

United States:

The United States segment had second quarter sales of $27.3 billion, an increase of 0.4 percent from the year-ago quarter, including the adverse impact of store optimization programs and the 2020 leap day. Comparable sales increased 2.0 percent from the year-ago quarter reflecting a 4.5 percent increase in comparable pharmacy sales and a 3.5 percent decline in comparable retail sales.

Within comparable sales, prescriptions filled in the second quarter decreased 1.1 percent from a year earlier, including a combined negative impact of 480 basis points from an exceptionally weak cough, cold and flu season and reduced doctor visits. Total prescriptions filled in the quarter decreased 2.8 percent, compared with the same quarter a year earlier. The number of prescriptions filled was 288.5 million, including immunizations, adjusted to 30-day equivalents. Pharmacy sales, which accounted for 74.9 percent of the segment’s sales in the quarter, increased 3.0 percent compared with the year-ago quarter.

The segment’s retail prescription market share on a 30-day adjusted basis in the second quarter decreased approximately 30 basis points over the year-ago quarter to 20.9 percent, as reported by IQVIA, including the impact of store optimization programs.

Retail sales decreased 6.6 percent in the second quarter compared with the year-ago period, including adverse impacts from the store optimization programs and the 2020 leap day.

Comparable retail sales decreased 3.5 percent compared with the same quarter a year ago, reflecting the weaker cough, cold and flu season, which negatively impacted growth by 350 basis points. Comparable retail sales, excluding tobacco and e-cigarettes, decreased 2.7 percent. Within comparable retail sales, discretionary categories continued to decline, with beauty decreasing 8.8 percent. Excluding the impact of seasonal flu, sales in the health and wellness category increased 9.1 percent.

Gross profit decreased 2.2 percent compared with the same quarter a year ago and adjusted gross profit decreased 3.2 percent, in both cases primarily driven by pharmacy reimbursement pressure, retail volume and pharmacy volume, partly offset by pharmacy procurement, COVID-19 vaccines and testing, and retail margin.

Second quarter SG&A increased by 3.3 percent, and adjusted SG&A increased by 2.1 percent, reflecting COVID-19 related costs, including approximately $80 million of costs relating to roll-out of the vaccination program, as well as higher growth investments. These increases were partly offset by cost savings related to the Transformational Cost Management Program.

Operating income in the second quarter decreased 21.8 percent to $828 million from the year-ago quarter. Adjusted operating income decreased 18.2 percent, to $1.2 billion, reflecting COVID-19 related impacts and pharmacy reimbursement pressure, partly offset by pharmacy procurement and cost savings from the Transformational Cost Management Program.

 

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International:

The International segment had second quarter sales of $5.4 billion, an increase of 32.6 percent from the year-ago quarter, including a favorable currency impact of 8.7 percent. Sales increased 23.9 percent on a constant currency basis, entirely due to the company’s new joint venture in Germany, which was consolidated as of November 2020. Excluding incremental sales from the joint venture, International segment sales on a constant currency basis declined 9.9 percent, mainly due to a 17.8 percent decrease in Boots UK sales resulting from COVID-19 related impacts.

Boots UK comparable pharmacy sales increased 3.2 percent compared to the year-ago quarter, reflecting favorable timing of National Health Service (NHS) reimbursement, and stronger pharmacy services, which mitigated the impact of lower prescription volume.

Boots UK comparable retail sales decreased 17.9 percent compared to the year-ago quarter. COVID-19 continued to impact footfall, particularly in major high streets, and in train stations and airports. The recovery in footfall trends seen in early autumn was set back by the re-introduction of stricter restrictions beginning in November. However, Boots.com continued to perform very strongly with sales up 105 percent compared with the year-ago quarter, partially offsetting the reduced footfall.

Boots UK continued to gain market share in the beauty category, but restrictions due to the pandemic impacted all other categories, reflecting the shift in buying habits to one-stop grocery shopping.

Gross profit decreased 9.2 percent compared with the same quarter a year ago, including a favorable currency impact of 4.2 percent. Adjusted gross profit decreased 13.4 percent on a constant currency basis reflecting lower UK retail sales and pharmacy volumes, partly offset by the favorable timing of NHS reimbursement and by incremental gross profit associated with the Germany joint venture.

SG&A in the quarter decreased 7.2 percent from the prior year quarter to $973 million, including an adverse currency impact of 4.2 percent. On a constant currency basis, adjusted SG&A decreased 9.6 percent. Both decreases reflect short-term cost mitigation actions and cost savings from the Transformational Cost Management Program, partly offset by higher SG&A associated with the formation of the Germany joint venture.

Operating income decreased 24.0 percent to $106 million, including a favorable currency impact of 4.4 percent. On a constant currency basis, adjusted operating income decreased 31.8 percent, reflecting strict COVID-19 restrictions in the UK, partly offset by decisive cost management actions and strong Boots.com performance.

Conference Call

WBA will hold a conference call to discuss the second quarter results beginning at 8:30 a.m. Eastern time today, March 31, 2021. 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.

The replay also will be available from 11:30 a.m. Eastern time, March 31 through April 7, 2021, by calling +1 800 585 8367 within the U.S. and Canada, or +1 416 621 4642 outside the U.S. and Canada, using replay code 1550649.

 

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Please see the “Supplemental Information (Unaudited) Regarding Non-GAAP Financial Measures” at the end of this press release for more detailed information regarding non-GAAP financial measures used, including all measures presented as “adjusted” or on a “constant currency” basis, and free cash flow.

 

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All references to net earnings are to net earnings attributable to WBA and all references to EPS are to diluted EPS attributable to WBA.

Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements: All statements in this release that are not historical including, without limitation, those regarding estimates of and goals for future operating, financial and tax performance and results (including those under “Company Outlook” and “Selected Highlights of Progress on

 

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Strategic Priorities” above), the expected execution and effect of our business strategies, the potential impacts on our business of the spread and effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, including the estimated impacts herein, the closing of the sale of our Alliance Healthcare business to AmerisourceBergen, our cost-savings and growth initiatives, pilot programs, strategic partnerships and initiatives, and restructuring activities and the amounts and timing of their expected impact and the delivery of annual cost savings are forward-looking statements made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Words such as “expect,” “likely,” “outlook,” “forecast,” “preliminary,” “pilot,” “would,” “could,” “should,” “can,” “will,” “project,” “intend,” “plan,” “goal,” “guidance,” “target,” “aim,” “continue,” “sustain,” “synergy,” “transform,” “accelerate,” “model,” “long-term,” “on track,” “on schedule,” “headwind,” “tailwind,” “believe,” “seek,” “estimate,” “anticipate,” “upcoming,” “to come,” “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, including, but not limited to, those relating to the spread and impacts of COVID-19, any mutations thereof or future pandemic and the acceptance and effectiveness of any therapies or vaccines related thereto, our ability to access therapies and vaccines on time and in quantities to meet consumer demand and our ability to process and distribute such therapies and vaccines efficiently, the impact of private and public third-party payers’ efforts to reduce prescription drug reimbursements, including the timing and amount of reimbursements for COVID-19 vaccinations, fluctuations in foreign currency exchange rates, the timing and magnitude of the impact of branded to generic drug conversions and changes in generic drug prices, our ability to realize synergies and achieve operating, financial and tax results in the amounts and at the times anticipated, the inherent risks, challenges and uncertainties associated with forecasting financial results of large, complex organizations in rapidly evolving industries, particularly over longer time periods, and during periods with increased volatility and uncertainties, our supply, commercial and framework arrangements and transactions with AmerisourceBergen and their possible effects, the risks associated with the company’s equity method investment in AmerisourceBergen, circumstances that could give rise to the termination, cross-termination or modification of any of our contractual obligations, the amount of costs, fees, expenses and charges incurred in connection with strategic transactions, whether the costs and charges associated with restructuring initiatives will exceed estimates, our ability to realize expected savings and benefits from cost-savings initiatives, restructuring activities and acquisitions and joint ventures in the amounts and at the times anticipated, the timing and amount of any impairment or other charges, the timing and severity of cough, cold and flu season, risks associated with the withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the European Union, risks relating to looting and vandalism in regions in which we operate and the scope and magnitude of any property damage, inventory loss or other adverse impacts, risks related to pilot programs and new business initiatives and ventures generally, including the risks that anticipated benefits may not be realized, changes in management’s plans and assumptions, the risks associated with governance and control matters, the ability to retain key personnel, changes in economic and business conditions generally or in particular markets in which we participate, changes in financial markets, credit ratings and interest rates, the risks relating to the terms, timing, and magnitude of any share repurchase activity, the risks associated with international business operations, including international trade policies, tariffs, including tariff negotiations between the United States and China, and relations, the risks associated with cybersecurity or privacy breaches related to customer information, changes in vendor, customer and payer relationships and terms, including changes in network participation and reimbursement terms and the associated impacts on volume and operating results, risks related to competition, including changes in market dynamics, participants, product and service offerings, retail formats and competitive positioning, risks associated with new business areas and activities, risks associated with acquisitions, divestitures, joint ventures and strategic investments, including those relating to the asset acquisition from Rite Aid and the sale of our Alliance Healthcare business to AmerisourceBergen, the risks associated with the integration of complex businesses, the impact of regulatory restrictions and outcomes of legal and regulatory matters, and risks associated with changes in laws, including those related to tax law changes, regulations or interpretations thereof. These and other risks, assumptions and uncertainties are described in Item 1A (Risk Factors) of our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended August 31, 2020 and in other documents that we file or furnish with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Should one or more of these risks or uncertainties materialize, or should 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.

 

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Accordingly, you are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these 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.

ENDS

Notes to Editors:

About Walgreens Boots Alliance

Walgreens Boots Alliance (Nasdaq: WBA) is a global leader in retail and wholesale pharmacy, touching millions of lives every day through dispensing and distributing medicines, its convenient retail locations, digital platforms and health and beauty products. The company has more than 100 years of trusted health care heritage and innovation in community pharmacy and pharmaceutical wholesaling.

Including equity method investments, WBA has a presence in more than 25 countries, employs more than 450,000 people and has more than 21,000 stores.

WBA’s purpose is to help people across the world lead healthier and happier lives. The company is proud of its contributions to healthy communities, a healthy planet, an inclusive workplace and a sustainable marketplace. WBA is a Participant of the United Nations Global Compact and adheres to its principles-based approach to responsible business. WBA is included in FORTUNE’s 2021 list of the World’s Most Admired Companies.* This is the 28th consecutive year that WBA or its predecessor company, Walgreen Co., has been named to the list

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      Six months ended  
     February 28,
2021
    February 29,
2020
     February 28,
2021
    February 29,
2020
 

Sales

   $ 32,779   $ 31,336    $ 64,217   $ 61,247

Cost of sales

     25,998     24,318      50,806     47,453
  

 

 

   

 

 

    

 

 

   

 

 

 

Gross profit

     6,781     7,017      13,411     13,794

Selling, general and administrative expenses

     6,029     5,909      11,820     11,778

Equity earnings (loss) in AmerisourceBergen

     80     28      (1,293     41
  

 

 

   

 

 

    

 

 

   

 

 

 

Operating income

     832     1,136      298     2,057

Other income

     251     28      313     64
  

 

 

   

 

 

    

 

 

   

 

 

 

Earnings before interest and tax

     1,083     1,164      611     2,121

Interest expense, net

     137     156      272     315
  

 

 

   

 

 

    

 

 

   

 

 

 

Earnings before tax

     946     1,008      339     1,806

Income tax provision (benefit)

     42     149      (165     172

Post tax earnings (loss) from other equity method investments

     13     12      29     (1
  

 

 

   

 

 

    

 

 

   

 

 

 

Net earnings from continuing operations

     918     870      532     1,633

Net earnings from discontinued operations

     107     81      194     160
  

 

 

   

 

 

    

 

 

   

 

 

 

Net earnings

     1,025     952      726     1,793

Net earnings (loss) attributable to noncontrolling interests - continuing operations

     (4     3      1     (3

Net earnings attributable to noncontrolling interests - discontinued operations

     3     2      7     5
  

 

 

   

 

 

    

 

 

   

 

 

 

Net earnings attributable to Walgreens Boots Alliance, Inc.

     1,026     946      718     1,791
  

 

 

   

 

 

    

 

 

   

 

 

 

Net earnings attributable to Walgreens Boots Alliance, Inc.:

         

Continuing operations

   $ 922   $ 867    $ 531   $ 1,636

Discontinued operations

     104     79      187     155
  

 

 

   

 

 

    

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total

   $ 1,026   $ 946    $ 718   $ 1,791
  

 

 

   

 

 

    

 

 

   

 

 

 

Basic earnings per common share:

         

Continuing operations

   $ 1.07   $ 0.98    $ 0.61   $ 1.84

Discontinued operations

     0.12     0.09      0.22     0.17
  

 

 

   

 

 

    

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total

   $ 1.19   $ 1.07    $ 0.83   $ 2.02

Diluted earnings per common share:

         

Continuing operations

   $ 1.06   $ 0.98    $ 0.61   $ 1.84

Discontinued operations

     0.12     0.09      0.22     0.17
  

 

 

   

 

 

    

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total

   $ 1.19   $ 1.07    $ 0.83   $ 2.01

Weighted average common shares outstanding:

         

Basic

     864.2     884.5      864.7     887.9

Diluted

     865.6     885.5      865.7     889.1

 

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WALGREENS BOOTS ALLIANCE, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONSOLIDATED CONDENSED BALANCE SHEETS

(UNAUDITED)

(in millions)

 

     February 28, 2021      August 31, 2020  

Assets

     

Current assets:

     

Cash and cash equivalents

   $ 1,030    $ 469

Accounts receivable, net

     4,878      4,110

Inventories

     8,541      7,917

Other current assets

     796      598

Assets of discontinued operations - current

     10,839      4,979
  

 

 

    

 

 

 

Total current assets

     26,084      18,073

Non-current assets:

     

Property, plant and equipment, net

     12,588      12,796

Operating lease right-of-use assets

     21,908      21,453

Goodwill

     12,468      12,013

Intangible assets, net

     10,486      10,072

Equity method investments

     6,202      7,204

Other non-current assets

     1,183      581

Assets of discontinued operations - non-current

     —          4,983
  

 

 

    

 

 

 

Total non-current assets

     64,836      69,101

Total assets

   $ 90,920    $ 87,174
  

 

 

    

 

 

 

Liabilities, redeemable noncontrolling interest and equity

     

Current liabilities:

     

Short-term debt

   $ 5,161    $ 3,265

Trade accounts payable

     11,009      10,145

Operating lease obligation

     2,360      2,358

Accrued expenses and other liabilities

     6,400      5,861

Income taxes

     89      95

Liabilities of discontinued operations - current

     6,228      5,347
  

 

 

    

 

 

 

Total current liabilities

     31,246      27,070

Non-current liabilities:

     

Long-term debt

     10,998      12,203

Operating lease obligation

     22,134      21,765

Deferred income taxes

     1,232      1,367

Other non-current liabilities

     3,374      3,222

Liabilities of discontinued operations - non-current (see note 2)

     —          412
  

 

 

    

 

 

 

Total non-current liabilities

     37,739      38,968
  

 

 

    

 

 

 

Redeemable noncontrolling interest

     309      —    

Total equity

     21,625      21,136

Total liabilities, redeemable noncontrolling interest and equity

   $ 90,920    $ 87,174
  

 

 

    

 

 

 

 

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WALGREENS BOOTS ALLIANCE, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONSOLIDATED CONDENSED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS

(UNAUDITED)

(in millions)

 

     Six months ended  
     February 28, 2021     February 29, 2020  

Cash flows from operating activities:

    

Net earnings

   $ 726   $ 1,793

Adjustments to reconcile net earnings to net cash provided by operating activities:

    

Depreciation and amortization

     948     969

Deferred income taxes

     (264     (45

Stock compensation expense

     70     67

Equity (earnings) loss from equity method investments

     1,253     (47

Gain on sale of equity method investment

     (191     —    

Other

     (104     37

Changes in operating assets and liabilities:

    

Accounts receivable, net

     (556     (324

Inventories

     (248     (242

Other current assets

     (9     56

Trade accounts payable

     743     555

Accrued expenses and other liabilities

     254     139

Income taxes

     (53     (355

Other non-current assets and liabilities

     (12     (119
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Net cash provided by operating activities

     2,556     2,484

Cash flows from investing activities:

    

Additions to property, plant and equipment

     (692     (705

Proceeds from sale-leaseback transactions

     452     333

Proceeds from sale of other assets

     269     37

Business, investment and asset acquisitions, net of cash acquired

     (1,314     (286

Other

     (71     3
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Net cash used for investing activities

     (1,356     (617

Cash flows from financing activities:

    

Net change in short-term debt with maturities of 3 months or less

     350     (655

Proceeds from debt

     6,538     9,860

Payments of debt

     (6,503     (9,465

Stock purchases

     (110     (913

Proceeds related to employee stock plans

     21     28

Cash dividends paid

     (808     (857

Other

     (134     (82
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Net cash used for financing activities

     (647     (2,085

Effect of exchange rate changes on cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash

     13     (1

Changes in cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash:

    

Net increase (decrease) in cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash

     566     (218

Cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash at beginning of period

     746     1,207
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash at end of period

   $ 1,311   $ 988
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

 

10


WALGREENS BOOTS ALLIANCE, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

SUPPLEMENTAL INFORMATION (UNAUDITED)

REGARDING NON-GAAP FINANCIAL MEASURES

(in millions, except per share amounts)

The following information provides reconciliations of the supplemental non-GAAP financial measures, as defined under SEC rules, presented in this press release to the most directly comparable financial measures calculated and presented in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles in the United States (GAAP). The company has provided the non-GAAP financial measures in the press release, which are not calculated or presented in accordance with GAAP, as supplemental information and in addition to the financial measures that are calculated and presented in accordance with GAAP. Please refer to the notes to the “Net Earnings and Diluted Net Earnings (Loss) Per Share” reconciliation table on page 14 for definitions of non-GAAP financial measures and related adjustments presented in this press release.

These supplemental non-GAAP financial measures are presented because management has evaluated the company’s financial results both including and excluding the adjusted items or the effects of foreign currency translation, as applicable, and believes that the supplemental non-GAAP financial measures presented provide additional perspective and insights when analyzing the core operating performance of the company’s business from period to period and trends in the company’s historical operating results. These supplemental non-GAAP financial measures should not be considered superior to, as a substitute for or as an alternative to, and should be considered in conjunction with, the GAAP financial measures presented in the press release. The company does not provide a reconciliation for non-GAAP estimates on a forward-looking basis (including the information under “Company Outlook” above) where it is unable to provide a meaningful or accurate calculation or estimation of reconciling items and the information is not available without unreasonable effort. This is due to the inherent difficulty of forecasting the timing or amount of various items that have not yet occurred, are out of the company’s control and/or cannot be reasonably predicted, and that would impact diluted net earnings per share, the most directly comparable forward-looking GAAP financial measure. For the same reasons, the company is unable to address the probable significance of the unavailable information. Forward-looking non-GAAP financial measures provided without the most directly comparable GAAP financial measures may vary materially from the corresponding GAAP financial measures.

Constant currency

The company also presents certain information related to current period operating results in “constant currency,” which is a non-GAAP financial measure. These amounts are calculated by translating current period results at the foreign currency exchange rates used in the comparable period in the prior year. The company presents such constant currency financial information because it has significant operations outside of the United States reporting in currencies other than the U.S. dollar and this presentation provides a framework to assess how its business performed excluding the impact of foreign currency exchange rate fluctuations.

Comparable sales

For the company’s United States and International segments, comparable sales are defined as sales from stores that have been open for at least 12 consecutive months without closure for seven or more consecutive days, including due to looting or store damage, and without a major remodel or being subject to a natural disaster in the past 12 months as well as e-commerce sales. E-commerce sales include digitally initiated sales online or through mobile applications. Relocated stores are not included as comparable stores for the first 12 months after the relocation. Acquired stores are not included as comparable sales for the first 12 months after acquisition or conversion, when applicable, whichever is later. Comparable sales, comparable pharmacy sales, comparable retail sales, comparable number of prescriptions and comparable number of 30-day equivalent prescriptions refer to total sales, pharmacy sales, retail sales, number of prescriptions and number of 30-day equivalent prescriptions, respectively. Comparable retail sales for previous periods have been restated to include e-commerce sales. The method of calculating comparable sales varies across the retail industry. As a result, the company’s method of calculating comparable sales may not be the same as other retailers’ methods.

 

11


With respect to the International segment, comparable sales, comparable pharmacy sales and comparable retail sales, are presented on a constant currency basis, which is a non-GAAP financial measure. Refer to the discussion above in “Constant currency” for further details on constant currency calculations.

Key Performance Indicators

The company considers certain metrics, including all comparable metrics, number of prescriptions, number of 30-day equivalent prescriptions and number of locations at period end, to be key performance indicators because the company’s management has evaluated its results of operations using these metrics and believes that these key performance indicators presented provide additional perspective and insights when analyzing the core operating performance of the company from period to period and trends in its historical operating results. These key performance indicators should not be considered superior to, as a substitute for or as an alternative to, and should be considered in conjunction with, the GAAP financial measures presented herein. These measures may not be comparable to similarly-titled performance indicators used by other companies.

 

12


NET EARNINGS (LOSS) AND DILUTED NET EARNINGS (LOSS) PER SHARE

 

     Three months ended     Six months ended  
     February 28,
2021
    February 29,
2020
    February 28,
2021
    February 29,
2020
 

Net earnings attributable to Walgreens Boots Alliance, Inc. - continuing operations (GAAP)

   $ 922   $ 867   $ 531   $ 1,636

Adjustments to operating income:

        

Adjustments to equity earnings (loss) in AmerisourceBergen1

     45     73     1,526     152

Transformational cost management2

     178     118     278     198

Acquisition-related amortization3

     114     98     209     197

Certain legal and regulatory accruals and settlements4

     60     —         60     —    

LIFO provision5

     2     28     35     61

Acquisition-related costs6

     (5     99     16     223

Store optimization2

     —         30     —         39
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total adjustments to operating income

     393     445     2,124     869

Adjustments to other income:

        

Net investment hedging (gain) loss7

     (7     7     1     (4

Gain on sale of equity method investment8

     (191     —         (191     (1
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total adjustments to other income

     (199     6     (190     (5

Adjustments to income tax provision (benefit):

        

U.S. tax law changes9

     —         —         —         (6

Tax impact of adjustments9

     (52     (90     (113     (170

Equity method non-cash tax9

     20     1     (326     (1
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total adjustments to income tax provision (benefit)

     (33     (89     (439     (177

Adjustments to post tax equity earnings from other equity method investments:

        

Adjustments to equity earnings in other equity method investments10

     24     15     37     43
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total adjustments to post tax equity earnings from other equity method investments

     24     15     37     43

Adjustments to net earnings (loss) attributable to noncontrolling interests:

        

Transformational cost management2

     3     —         2     —    

LIFO provision5

     (3     —         (6     —    

Acquisition-related amortization3

     (12     —         (16     —    
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total adjustments to net earnings (loss) attributable to noncontrolling interests

     (13     —         (20     —    
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Adjusted net earnings attributable to Walgreens Boots Alliance, Inc. - continuing operations (Non-GAAP measure)

   $ 1,095   $ 1,246   $ 2,043   $ 2,367
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Net earnings attributable to Walgreens Boots Alliance, Inc. – discontinued operations (GAAP)

   $ 104   $ 79   $ 187   $ 155

Acquisition-related amortization3

     7   $ 19     28   $ 38

Acquisition-related costs6

     8   $ —       10   $ —  

Transformational cost management2

     4   $ 5     9   $ 11

Tax impact of adjustments9

     (6   $ (7     (11   $ (7
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total adjustments to net earnings attributable to Walgreens Boots Alliance, Inc. – discontinued operations

     14   $ 17     36   $ 42
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Adjusted net earnings attributable to Walgreens Boots Alliance, Inc. – discontinued operations (Non-GAAP measure)

   $ 119   $ 97   $ 223   $ 198
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Adjusted net earnings attributable to Walgreens Boots Alliance, Inc. - (Non-GAAP measure)

     1,214   $ 1,343     2,266   $ 2,565
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

 

13


     Three months ended     Six months ended  
     February 28,
2021
    February 29,
2020
    February 28,
2021
    February 29,
2020
 

Diluted net earnings per common share - continuing operations (GAAP)

   $ 1.06   $ 0.98   $ 0.61   $ 1.84

Adjustments to operating income

     0.45     0.50     2.45     0.98

Adjustments to other income

     (0.23     0.01     (0.22     (0.01

Adjustments to income tax provision (benefit)

     (0.04     (0.10     (0.51     (0.20

Adjustments to equity earnings in other equity method investments10

     0.03     0.02     0.04     0.05

Adjustments to net earnings (loss) attributable to noncontrolling interests

     (0.01     —         (0.02     —    
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Adjusted diluted net earnings per common share - continuing operations (Non-GAAP measure)

   $ 1.26   $ 1.41   $ 2.36   $ 2.66
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Diluted net earnings per common share - discontinued operations (GAAP)

   $ 0.12   $ 0.09   $ 0.22   $ 0.17

Total adjustments to net earnings (loss) attributable to Walgreens Boots Alliance, Inc. – discontinued operations

     0.02     0.02     0.04     0.05
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Adjusted diluted net earnings per common share - discontinued operations (Non-GAAP measure)

   $ 0.14   $ 0.11   $ 0.26   $ 0.22
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Adjusted diluted net earnings per common share (Non-GAAP measure)

   $ 1.40   $ 1.52   $ 2.62   $ 2.88
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Weighted average common shares outstanding, diluted (in millions)

     865.6     885.5     865.7     889.1

 

1 

Adjustments to equity earnings (loss) in AmerisourceBergen consist of the Company’s proportionate share of non-GAAP adjustments reported by AmerisourceBergen consistent with the Company’s non-GAAP measures. The Company recognized equity losses in AmerisourceBergen of $1,373 million during the three months ended November 30, 2020. These equity losses are primarily due to AmerisourceBergen recognition of $5.6 billion, net of tax, charges related to its ongoing opioid litigation in its financial statements for the three months period ended September 30, 2020.

2 

Transformational Cost Management Program and Store Optimization Program charges are costs associated with a formal restructuring plan. These charges are primarily recorded within selling, general and administrative expenses. These costs do not reflect current operating performance and are impacted by the timing of restructuring activity.

3 

Acquisition-related amortization includes amortization of acquisition-related intangible assets and inventory valuation adjustments. Amortization of acquisition-related intangible assets includes amortization of intangibles assets such as customer relationships, trade names, trademarks and contract intangibles. Intangible asset amortization excluded from the related non-GAAP measure represents the entire amount recorded within the company’s GAAP financial statements, the revenue generated by the associated intangible assets has not been excluded from the related non-GAAP measures. Amortization expense, unlike the related revenue, is not affected by operations of any particular period unless an intangible asset becomes impaired or the estimated useful life of an intangible asset is revised. These charges are primarily recorded within selling, general and administrative expenses. Business combination accounting principles require us to measure acquired inventory at fair value. The fair value of the inventory reflects cost of acquired inventory and a portion of the expected profit margin. The acquisition-related inventory valuation adjustments excludes the expected profit margin component from cost of sales recorded under the business combination accounting principles.

4 

Certain legal and regulatory accruals and settlements relate to significant charges associated with certain legal proceedings. The Company excludes these charges when evaluating operating performance because it does not incur such charges on a predictable basis and exclusion of such charges enables more consistent evaluation of the Company’s operating performance. These charges are recorded within selling, general and administrative expenses.

5 

The company’s United States segment inventory is accounted for using the last-in-first-out (“LIFO”) method. This adjustment represents the impact on cost of sales as if the United States segment inventory is accounted for using first-in first-out (“FIFO”) method. The LIFO provision is affected by changes in inventory quantities, product mix, and manufacturer pricing practices, which may be impacted by market and other external influences. Therefore, the company cannot control the amounts recognized or timing of these items.

6 

Acquisition-related costs are transaction and integration costs associated with certain merger, acquisition and divestitures related activities. These costs include all charges incurred on certain mergers, acquisition and divestitures related activities, for example, including costs related to integration efforts for successful merger, acquisition and divestitures activities. These charges are primarily recorded within selling, general and administrative expenses. These costs are significantly impacted by the timing and complexity of the underlying merger, acquisition and divestitures related activities and do not reflect the company’s current operating performance.

7 

Gain or loss on certain derivative instruments used as economic hedges of the company’s net investments in foreign subsidiaries. These charges are recorded within other income (expense). We do not believe this volatility related to mark-to-market adjustment on the underlying derivative instruments reflects the company’s operational performance.

8 

Includes significant gain on sale of equity method investment. During the three months ended February 28, 2021, the Company recorded a gain of $191 million in Other income due to a partial sale of its equity method investment in Option Care Health.

9 

Adjustments to income tax provision include adjustments to the GAAP basis tax provision commensurate with non-GAAP adjustments and certain discrete tax items including U.S. tax law changes and equity method non-cash tax. These charges are recorded within income tax provision (benefit).

10 

Adjustments to post tax equity earnings from other equity method investments consist of the proportionate share of certain equity method investees’ non-cash items or unusual or infrequent items consistent with the company’s non-GAAP adjustments. These charges are recorded within post tax earnings (loss) from other equity method investments. Although the company may have shareholder rights and board representation commensurate with its ownership interests in these equity method investees, adjustments relating to equity method investments are not intended to imply that the company has direct control over their operations and resulting revenue and expenses. Moreover, these non-GAAP financial measures have limitations in that they do not reflect all revenue and expenses of these equity method investees.

 

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NON-GAAP RECONCILIATIONS BY SEGMENT

 

     Three months ended February 28, 2021  
     United States1     International     Corporate and
Other
    Walgreens Boots
Alliance, Inc.
 

Sales

   $ 27,344   $ 5,425   $ 10   $ 32,779

Gross profit (GAAP)

   $ 5,702   $ 1,079   $ —     $ 6,781

Transformational cost management

     1     (1     —         —    

LIFO provision

     2     —         —         2
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Adjusted gross profit (Non-GAAP measure)

   $ 5,704   $ 1,078   $ —     $ 6,783
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Selling, general and administrative expenses (GAAP)

   $ 4,954   $ 973   $ 102   $ 6,029

Transformational cost management

     (140     (21     (17     (178

Acquisition-related amortization

     (96     (17     —         (114

Certain legal and regulatory accruals and settlements

     (60     —         —         (60

Acquisition-related costs

     9     (2     (2     5
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Adjusted selling, general and administrative expenses (Non-GAAP measure)

   $ 4,667   $ 933   $ 83   $ 5,683
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Operating income (loss) (GAAP)

   $ 828   $ 106   $ (102   $ 832

Adjustments to equity earnings (loss) in AmerisourceBergen

     45     —         —         45

Transformational cost management

     140     21     17     178

Acquisition-related amortization

     96     17     —         114

Certain legal and regulatory accruals and settlements

     60     —         —         60

LIFO provision

     2     —         —         2

Acquisition-related costs

     (9     2     2     (5
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Adjusted operating income (loss) (Non-GAAP measure)

   $ 1,163   $ 146   $ (83   $ 1,225
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Gross margin (GAAP)

     20.9%       19.9%         20.7%  

Adjusted gross margin (Non-GAAP measure)

     20.9%       19.9%         20.7%  

Selling, general and administrative expenses percent to sales (GAAP)

     18.1%       17.9%         18.4%  

Adjusted selling, general and administrative expenses percent to sales (Non-GAAP measure)

     17.1%       17.2%         17.3%  

Operating margin2

     2.7%       2.0%         2.3%  

Adjusted operating margin (Non-GAAP measure)2

     3.8%       2.7%         3.4%  

 

1 

Operating income (loss) for United States includes equity earnings (loss) in AmerisourceBergen. As a result of the two month reporting lag, operating income (loss) for the three and six month period ended February 28, 2021 includes AmerisourceBergen equity earnings (loss) for the period of October 1, 2020 through December 31, 2020 and the period of July 1, 2020 through December 31, 2020, respectively. Operating income for the three and six month period ended February 29, 2020 includes AmerisourceBergen equity earnings for the period of October 1, 2019 through December 31, 2019, and the period of July 1, 2019 through December 31, 2019, respectively.

2 

Operating margins and adjusted operating margins have been calculated excluding equity earnings (loss) in AmerisourceBergen and adjusted equity earnings (loss) in AmerisourceBergen, respectively.

 

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     Three months ended February 29, 2020  
     United States1     International     Corporate and
Other
    Walgreens Boots
Alliance, Inc.
 

Sales

   $ 27,245   $ 4,091   $ —     $ 31,336

Gross profit (GAAP)

   $ 5,827   $ 1,188   $ 3   $ 7,017

Transformational cost management

     3     —         —         3

LIFO provision

     28     —         —         28

Acquisition-related costs

     32     —         —         32

Store optimization

     1     —         —         1
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Adjusted gross profit (Non-GAAP measure)

   $ 5,890   $ 1,188   $ 3   $ 7,081
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Selling, general and administrative expenses (GAAP)

   $ 4,796   $ 1,048   $ 65   $ 5,909

Transformational cost management

     (53     (44     (18     (115

Acquisition-related amortization

     (79     (19     —         (98

Acquisition-related costs

     (66           (1     (67

Store optimization

     (29     —         —         (29
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Adjusted selling, general and administrative expenses (Non-GAAP measure)

   $ 4,569   $ 985   $ 45   $ 5,600
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Operating income (GAAP)

   $ 1,059   $ 140   $ (62   $ 1,136

Adjustments to equity earnings (loss) in AmerisourceBergen

     73     —         —         73

Transformational cost management

     56     44     18     118

Acquisition-related amortization

     79     19     —         98

LIFO provision

     28     —         —         28

Acquisition-related costs

     98     —         1     99

Store optimization

     30     —         —         30
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Adjusted operating income (Non-GAAP measure)

   $ 1,422   $ 203   $ (43   $ 1,582
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Gross margin (GAAP)

     21.4%       29.0%         22.4%  

Adjusted gross margin (Non-GAAP measure)

     21.6%       29.0%         22.6%  

Selling, general and administrative expenses percent to sales (GAAP)

     17.6%       25.6%         18.9%  

Adjusted selling, general and administrative expenses percent to sales (Non-GAAP measure)

     16.8%       24.1%         17.9%  

Operating margin2

     3.8%       3.4%         3.5%  

Adjusted operating margin (Non-GAAP measure)2

     4.8%       5.0%         4.7%  

 

1 

Operating income (loss) for United States includes equity earnings (loss) in AmerisourceBergen. As a result of the two month reporting lag, operating income (loss) for the three and six month period ended February 28, 2021 includes AmerisourceBergen equity earnings (loss) for the period of October 1, 2020 through December 31, 2020 and the period of July 1, 2020 through December 31, 2020, respectively. Operating income for the three and six month period ended February 29, 2020 includes AmerisourceBergen equity earnings for the period of October 1, 2019 through December 31, 2019, and the period of July 1, 2019 through December 31, 2019, respectively.

2 

Operating margins and adjusted operating margins have been calculated excluding equity earnings (loss) in AmerisourceBergen and adjusted equity earnings (loss) in AmerisourceBergen, respectively.

 

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     Six months ended February 28, 2021  
     United States1     International     Corporate and
Other
    Walgreens Boots
Alliance, Inc.
 

Sales

   $ 54,507   $ 9,709   $ —     $ 64,217

Gross profit (GAAP)

   $ 11,341   $ 2,069   $ 1   $ 13,411

Transformational cost management

     —         (1     —         —    

LIFO provision

     35     —         —         35
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Adjusted gross profit (Non-GAAP measure)

   $ 11,375   $ 2,069   $ 1   $ 13,445
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Selling, general and administrative expenses (GAAP)

   $ 9,723   $ 1,925   $ 172   $ 11,820

Transformational cost management

     (201     (48     (29     (278

Certain legal and regulatory accruals and settlements

     (60     —         —         (60

Acquisition-related amortization

     (173     (36     —         (209

Acquisition-related costs

     1     (4     (13     (16
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Adjusted selling, general and administrative expenses (Non-GAAP measure)

   $ 9,291   $ 1,837   $ 129   $ 11,257
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Operating income (loss) (GAAP)

   $ 324   $ 145   $ (172   $ 298

Adjustments to equity earnings (loss) in AmerisourceBergen

     1,526     —         —         1,526

Transformational cost management

     201     47     29     278

Acquisition-related amortization

     173     36     —         209

Certain legal and regulatory accruals and settlements

     60     —         —         60

LIFO provision

     35     —         —         35

Acquisition-related costs

     (1     4     13     16
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Adjusted operating income (loss) (Non-GAAP measure)

   $ 2,318   $ 232   $ (129   $ 2,422
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Gross margin (GAAP)

     20.8%       21.3%         20.9%  

Adjusted gross margin (Non-GAAP measure)

     20.9%       21.3%         20.9%  

Selling, general and administrative expenses percent to sales (GAAP)

     17.8%       19.8%         18.4%  

Adjusted selling, general and administrative expenses percent to sales (Non-GAAP measure)

     17.0%       18.9%         17.5%  

Operating margin2

     3.0%       1.5%         2.5%  

Adjusted operating margin (Non-GAAP measure)2

     3.8%       2.4%         3.4%  

 

1 

Operating income (loss) for United States includes equity earnings (loss) in AmerisourceBergen. As a result of the two month reporting lag, operating income (loss) for the three and six month period ended February 28, 2021 includes AmerisourceBergen equity earnings (loss) for the period of October 1, 2020 through December 31, 2020 and the period of July 1, 2020 through December 31, 2020, respectively. Operating income for the three and six month period ended February 29, 2020 includes AmerisourceBergen equity earnings for the period of October 1, 2019 through December 31, 2019, and the period of July 1, 2019 through December 31, 2019, respectively.

2 

Operating margins and adjusted operating margins have been calculated excluding equity earnings (loss) in AmerisourceBergen and adjusted equity earnings (loss) in AmerisourceBergen, respectively.

 

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     Six months ended February 29, 2020  
     United States1     International     Corporate and
Other
    Walgreens Boots
Alliance, Inc.
 

Sales

   $ 53,377   $ 7,870   $ —     $ 61,247

Gross profit (GAAP)

   $ 11,541   $ 2,252   $ 2   $ 13,794

Transformational cost management

     3     3     —         6

LIFO provision

     61     —         —         61

Acquisition-related costs

     60     —         —         60

Store optimization

     1     —         —         1
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Adjusted gross profit (Non-GAAP measure)

   $ 11,666   $ 2,254   $ 2   $ 13,922
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Selling, general and administrative expenses (GAAP)

   $ 9,605   $ 2,060   $ 113   $ 11,778

Transformational cost management

     (118     (54     (20     (192

Acquisition-related amortization

     (156     (41     —         (197

Acquisition-related costs

     (160     (1     (2     (163

Store optimization

     (38     —         —         (38
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Adjusted selling, general and administrative expenses (Non-GAAP measure)

   $ 9,134   $ 1,964   $ 91   $ 11,189
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Operating income (GAAP)

   $ 1,977   $ 191   $ (111   $ 2,057

Transformational cost management

     121     57     20     198

Acquisition-related amortization

     156     41     —         197

LIFO provision

     61     —         —         61

Acquisition-related costs

     220     1     2     223

Store optimization

     39     —         —         39

Adjustments to equity earnings (loss) in AmerisourceBergen

     152     —         —         152
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Adjusted operating income (Non-GAAP measure)

   $ 2,725   $ 290   $ (89   $ 2,926
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Gross margin (GAAP)

     21.6%       28.6%         22.5%  

Adjusted gross margin (Non-GAAP measure)

     21.9%       28.6%         22.7%  

Selling, general and administrative expenses percent to sales (GAAP)

     18.0%       26.2%         19.2%  

Adjusted selling, general and administrative expenses percent to sales (Non-GAAP measure)

     17.1%       25.0%         18.3%  

Operating margin2

     3.6%       2.4%         3.3%  

Adjusted operating margin (Non-GAAP measure)2

     4.7%       3.7%         4.5%  

 

1 

Operating income (loss) for United States includes equity earnings (loss) in AmerisourceBergen. As a result of the two month reporting lag, operating income (loss) for the three and six month period ended February 28, 2021 includes AmerisourceBergen equity earnings (loss) for the period of October 1, 2020 through December 31, 2020 and the period of July 1, 2020 through December 31, 2020, respectively. Operating income for the three and six month period ended February 29, 2020 includes AmerisourceBergen equity earnings for the period of October 1, 2019 through December 31, 2019, and the period of July 1, 2019 through December 31, 2019, respectively.

2 

Operating margins and adjusted operating margins have been calculated excluding equity earnings (loss) in AmerisourceBergen and adjusted equity earnings (loss) in AmerisourceBergen, respectively.

 

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EQUITY EARNINGS (LOSS) IN AMERISOURCEBERGEN

 

     Three months ended     Six months ended  
     February 28, 2021     February 29, 2020     February 28, 2021     February 29, 2020  

Equity earnings in AmerisourceBergen (GAAP)

   $ 80   $ 28   $ (1,293   $ 41

Litigation settlements and other

     16     8     1,564     44

Acquisition-related amortization

     30     31     60     61

New York State Opioid Stewardship Act

     —         —         3     —    

Asset Impairment

     —         29     3     29

Certain discrete tax benefits

     (6     —         —         —    

PharMEDium remediation costs

     —         3     —         6

Anti-Trust

     —         (2     —         (2

LIFO provision

     (6     3     (13     14

Tax reform

     11     —         (90     —    
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Adjusted equity earnings in AmerisourceBergen (Non-GAAP measure)

   $ 125   $ 101   $ 234   $ 193
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

ADJUSTED EFFECTIVE TAX RATE

 

     Three months ended February 28, 2021      Three months ended February 29, 2020  
     Earnings
before
income tax
provision
    Income tax
provision
    Effective
tax rate
     Earnings
before
income tax
provision
    Income tax
provision
    Effective
tax rate
 

Effective tax rate (GAAP)

   $ 946   $ 42     4.4%      $ 1,008   $ 149     14.8%  

Impact of non-GAAP adjustments

     194     31        452     84  

Equity method non-cash tax

     —         (20        —         (1  

Adjusted tax rate true-up

     —         21        —         6  
  

 

 

   

 

 

      

 

 

   

 

 

   

Subtotal

   $ 1,141   $ 75      $ 1,460   $ 238  

Exclude adjusted equity earnings in AmerisourceBergen

     (125     —            (101     —      
  

 

 

   

 

 

      

 

 

   

 

 

   

Adjusted effective tax rate excluding adjusted equity earnings in AmerisourceBergen (Non-GAAP measure)

   $ 1,015   $ 75     7.3%      $ 1,359   $ 238     17.5%  

 

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     Six months ended February 28, 2021     Six months ended February 29, 2020  
     Earnings (loss)
before income
tax provision
    Income tax     Effective
tax rate
    Earnings
before
income
tax
provision
    Income tax      Effective
tax rate
 

Effective tax rate (GAAP)

   $ 339   $ (165     (48.6 )%    $ 1,806   $ 172      9.5

Impact of non-GAAP adjustments

     1,934     86       864     163   

Equity method non-cash tax

     —         326       —         1   

Adjusted tax rate true-up

     —         28       —         7   

U.S. tax law changes

     —         —           —         6   
  

 

 

   

 

 

     

 

 

   

 

 

    

Subtotal

   $ 2,273   $ 275     $ 2,670   $ 349   

Exclude adjusted equity earnings in AmerisourceBergen

     (234     —           (193     —       
  

 

 

   

 

 

     

 

 

   

 

 

    

Adjusted effective tax rate excluding adjusted equity earnings in AmerisourceBergen (Non-GAAP measure)

   $ 2,040   $ 275     13.5   $ 2,477   $ 349      14.1
  

 

 

   

 

 

     

 

 

   

 

 

    

FREE CASH FLOW

 

     Three months ended     Six months ended  
     February 28, 2021     February 29, 2020     February 28, 2021     February 29, 2020  

Net cash provided by operating activities (GAAP)

   $ 1,361   $ 1,423   $ 2,556   $ 2,484

Less: Additions to property, plant and equipment - as reported

     (261     (318     (692     (705
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Free cash flow - (Non-GAAP measure)1

   $ 1,100   $ 1,105   $ 1,864   $ 1,779
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

 

1 

Free cash flow is defined as net cash provided by operating activities in a period less additions to property, plant and equipment (capital expenditures) made in that period. This measure does not represent residual cash flows available for discretionary expenditures as the measure does not deduct the payments required for debt service and other contractual obligations or payments for future business acquisitions. Therefore, we believe it is important to view free cash flow as a measure that provides supplemental information to our entire statements of cash flows.

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