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Walgreens Boots Alliance Reports Fiscal Year 2020 Results
Company Delivers Results at High End of Guidance Range; Expects EPS Growth in Fiscal 2021
Fourth quarter Walgreens Boots Alliance highlights, year-over-year
Sales increased 2.3 percent to $34.7 billion, up 2.3 percent on a constant currency basis
Operating income decreased 26.0 percent to $650 million; Adjusted operating income decreased 27.7 percent to $1.1 billion, down 27.4 percent on a constant currency basis
EPS decreased 42.8 percent to $0.43; Adjusted EPS decreased 28.2 percent to $1.02, down 27.9 percent on a constant currency basis; reflecting an estimated adverse COVID-19 impact of approximately $0.46
Fiscal 2020 highlights, year-over-year
Sales increased 2.0 percent to $139.5 billion, up 2.5 percent on a constant currency basis
Operating income decreased 73.7 percent to $1.3 billion; Adjusted operating income decreased 24.9 percent to $5.2 billion, down 24.8 percent on a constant currency basis
EPS decreased 88.0 percent to $0.52; Adjusted EPS decreased 20.8 percent to $4.74, down 20.6 percent on a constant currency basis; reflecting an estimated adverse COVID-19 impact of approximately $1.06
Net cash provided by operating activities was $5.5 billion, a decrease of $109 million compared with fiscal 2019; Free cash flow increased 5.6 percent to $4.1 billion
Fiscal 2021 guidance
Company introduced fiscal 2021 guidance of low single-digit growth in adjusted EPS at constant currency rates
DEERFIELD, Ill., October 15, 2020 - Walgreens Boots Alliance, Inc. (Nasdaq: WBA) today announced financial results for the fiscal year and fourth quarter that ended August 31, 2020.
Executive Vice Chairman and CEO Stefano Pessina said, I am pleased to report results that came in at the high end of our expectations as we continue to adapt and transform our business model to changing customer needs. Despite uncertainty amid the global COVID-19 pandemic, we are seeing gradual improvement in key U.S. and UK markets and continued strong performance in our wholesale business. Im also encouraged by the accelerating growth in our e-commerce platforms. Now, more than ever, our pharmacy-centered business is at the heart of community healthcare and we are expanding on that role for the future. I continue to be inspired by the tireless efforts of our teams as they support and care for our customers, patients and communities, while accelerating progress on our clear set of strategic priorities. Looking ahead, we are projecting adjusted EPS growth in fiscal 2021, as reflected in our new guidance.
Overview of Fourth Quarter Results
Fiscal 2020 fourth quarter net earnings attributable to Walgreens Boots Alliance decreased 44.9 percent to $373 million compared with the same quarter a year ago and net earnings per share1 decreased 42.8 percent to $0.43. Adjusted net earnings2 decreased 30.9 percent to $887 million, down 30.6 percent on a constant currency basis. Adjusted earnings per share were $1.02, down 28.2 percent on a reported currency basis and down 27.9 percent on a constant currency basis, compared with the same quarter a year ago.
The following information was filed by Walgreens Boots Alliance, Inc. (WBA) on Thursday, October 15, 2020 as an 8K 2.02 statement, which is an earnings press release pertaining to results of operations and financial condition. It may be helpful to assess the quality of management by comparing the information in the press release to the information in the accompanying 10-K Annual Report statement of earnings and operation as management may choose to highlight particular information in the press release.
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