Blog: Henry Schein Reports Record First-Quarter 2021 Financial Results from Continuing Operations – BioSpace

MELVILLE, N.Y.–(BUSINESS WIRE)– Henry Schein, Inc. (Nasdaq: HSIC), the world’s largest provider of health care solutions to office-based dental and medical practitioners, today reported record first-quarter financial results from continuing operations. Results from continuing operations exclude contributions from Henry Schein’s former Animal Health business, which was spun off in February 2019 to form a new publicly traded company, Covetrus (Nasdaq: CVET).

Total net sales for the quarter ended March 27, 2021, were $2.9 billion, up 20.4% compared with the first quarter of 2020. The 20.4% increase included 14.9% internal growth in local currencies, 3.3% growth from acquisitions, and 2.2% growth related to foreign currency exchange. (See Exhibit A for details of sales growth).

GAAP net income attributable to Henry Schein, Inc. from continuing operations for the first quarter of 2021 was $166.0 million, or $1.16 per diluted share, compared with prior-year GAAP net income from continuing operations of $130.5 million, or $0.91 per diluted share. Non-GAAP net income from continuing operations for the first quarter of 2021 was $177.7 million, or $1.24 per diluted share, compared with prior-year non-GAAP net income from continuing operations of $134.1 million, or $0.94 per diluted share. Exhibit B provides a reconciliation of GAAP net income and diluted EPS from continuing operations to non-GAAP net income and diluted EPS from continuing operations.

“We are pleased with exceptional first-quarter global financial performance versus the comparable prior-year period, and also compared to the first quarter of 2019, which is the result of planning and excellent execution across all of our businesses. We also delivered a very strong operating margin for the quarter. While end markets in most geographies still face challenges due to the ongoing pandemic, the overall market recovery and our improving financial results have continued. Our positive momentum reflects the adaptiveness of our business model as well as the commitment of Team Schein Members to our customers and our communities,” said Stanley M. Bergman, Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of Henry Schein. “Throughout these unprecedented times, Henry Schein has remained focused on the safety of our team and on responding to our customers’ needs, as well as on driving innovation, gaining market share, enhancing our margin profile, and optimizing our cost structure. We believe all of this positions us well to continue to drive earnings growth and create value over the long-term.”

Global Dental sales for the first quarter of 2021 of $1.8 billion increased 21.3% versus the prior-year period. In local currencies, internally generated sales increased 13.7% with 4.2% growth from acquisitions and 3.4% growth related to foreign currency exchange. The 13.7% internal growth in local currencies included an increase of 10.9% in North America and an increase of 17.9% internationally.

Global Dental consumable merchandise internal sales increased by 13.2% in local currencies. Excluding sales of personal protective equipment (PPE) and COVID-19 related products, growth was 10.9%. In North America, dental consumable merchandise internal sales in local currencies increased 9.3%, or 6.9% excluding sales of PPE and COVID-19 related products, and dental equipment internal sales in local currencies increased 17.4%. Internationally, dental consumable merchandise internal sales in local currencies increased 19.2%, or 16.7% excluding sales of PPE and COVID-19 related products, and dental equipment internal sales in local currencies increased 12.9%.

“For the first quarter, our dental sales in both North America and international markets were strong, including significant growth in North America dental equipment sales versus the fourth quarter of 2020,” noted Mr. Bergman. “Global Dental Specialty sales were also strong with year-over-year internal growth of 18.3% in local currencies. We remain optimistic about the stability and health of the global dental markets we serve, despite rising COVID-19 cases in certain geographies, as patient traffic and practice spending have steadily improved since the first few months of the pandemic.”

Global Medical sales for the first quarter of 2021 of $993.0 million increased 24.0% versus the comparable period last year, consisting of 22.1% internal growth in local currencies, 1.6% growth from acquisitions and 0.3% growth related to foreign currency exchange. Excluding sales of PPE and COVID-19 related products, internal sales in local currencies decreased 6.8%, in part resulting from an extremely mild influenza season that impacted diagnostic and consumable merchandise sales, as well as from lower pharmaceutical sales related to fewer patient office visits due to COVID-19.

“We are pleased to report strong double-digit global Medical sales growth during the first quarter. We expect the physician, ambulatory surgery center, alternate care and home health markets to improve over time as infection levels abate and patient volumes normalize. That said, we expect COVID-19 test sales to decline, primarily as a result of unit price erosion,” remarked Mr. Bergman.

“While sales of PPE products have begun to moderate from recent quarterly growth rates in both our Dental and Medical businesses, we expect PPE sales will remain at elevated levels as dentists and physicians implement new standard-of-care best practices,” said Mr. Bergman.

Global Technology and Value-Added Services sales of $143.0 million increased 8.4% versus the prior-year quarter and included 3.6% internal sales growth in local currencies, 3.4% growth from acquisitions and 1.4% growth related to foreign currency exchange.

“Global Technology and Value-Added Services sales have steadily improved over the last several quarters, with Henry Schein One internal sales in local currencies increasing by 2.6% in the first quarter, representing continued sequential-quarter growth. In addition, financial services internal sales in local currencies increased by 22.5%, in part driven by higher sales of dental equipment,” noted Mr. Bergman.

Stock Repurchase Plan

During the first quarter of 2021, the Company repurchased approximately 1.3 million shares of its common stock at an average price of $66.90 per share, for a total of approximately $88.7 million. The impact of the repurchase of shares on first-quarter diluted EPS was immaterial. At the end of the first quarter, Henry Schein had approximately $112.6 million authorized and available for future stock repurchases.

Financial Guidance

Henry Schein today raised guidance for 2021 non-GAAP diluted EPS from continuing operations. At this time, the Company is not providing guidance for 2021 GAAP diluted EPS from continuing operations as it is unable to provide an accurate estimate of expenses related to the ongoing restructuring initiative. Financial guidance is as follows:

  • 2021 non-GAAP diluted EPS from continuing operations attributable to Henry Schein, Inc. is expected to be at or above $3.70, representing a floor for fiscal 2021.
  • Guidance for 2021 non-GAAP diluted EPS attributable to Henry Schein, Inc. is for current continuing operations as well as completed or previously announced acquisitions, and does not include the impact of future share repurchases, potential future acquisitions, if any, or restructuring expenses. Guidance also assumes foreign exchange rates that are generally consistent with current levels, and that end markets remain stable and are consistent with current market conditions. Guidance does not assume any material adverse market changes associated with COVID-19.

Adjustments to Projected 2021 Non-GAAP Diluted EPS

The Company has provided guidance for 2021 non-GAAP diluted EPS from continuing operations, as noted above. A reconciliation to the Company’s projected 2021 diluted EPS from continuing operations prepared on a GAAP basis is not provided because the Company is unable to provide without unreasonable effort an estimate of costs related to an ongoing restructuring program to mitigate stranded costs and drive additional operating efficiencies, including the corresponding tax effect that will be included in the Company’s 2021 diluted EPS from continuing operations prepared on a GAAP basis. The inability to provide these reconciliations is due to the uncertainty and inherent difficulty of predicting the occurrence, magnitude, financial impact and the timing of related costs. Management does not believe these items are representative of the Company’s underlying business performance. For the same reasons, the Company is unable to address the probable significance of the unavailable information, which could be material to future results.

First Quarter 2021 Conference Call Webcast

The Company will hold a conference call to discuss first-quarter 2021 financial results today, beginning at 10:00 a.m. Eastern time. Individual investors are invited to listen to the conference call through Henry Schein’s website by visiting In addition, a replay will be available beginning shortly after the call has ended for a period of one week.

About Henry Schein, Inc.

Henry Schein, Inc. (Nasdaq: HSIC) is a solutions company for health care professionals powered by a network of people and technology. With more than 20,000 Team Schein Members worldwide, the Company’s network of trusted advisors provides more than 1 million customers globally with more than 300 valued solutions that help improve operational success and clinical outcomes. Our Business, Clinical, Technology, and Supply Chain solutions help office-based dental and medical practitioners work more efficiently so they can provide quality care more effectively. These solutions also support dental laboratories, government and institutional health care clinics, as well as other alternate care sites.

Henry Schein operates through a centralized and automated distribution network, with a selection of more than 120,000 branded products and Henry Schein private-brand products in stock, as well as more than 180,000 additional products available as special-order items.

A FORTUNE 500 Company and a member of the S&P 500® index, Henry Schein is headquartered in Melville, N.Y., and has operations or affiliates in 31 countries and territories. The Company’s sales reached $10.1 billion in 2020, and have grown at a compound annual rate of approximately 12 percent since Henry Schein became a public company in 1995.

For more information, visit Henry Schein at,, and @HenrySchein on Twitter.

Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements and Use of Non-GAAP Financial Information

In accordance with the “Safe Harbor” provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, we provide the following cautionary remarks regarding important factors that, among others, could cause future results to differ materially from the forward-looking statements, expectations and assumptions expressed or implied herein. All forward-looking statements made by us are subject to risks and uncertainties and are not guarantees of future performance. These forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause our actual results, performance and achievements or industry results to be materially different from any future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. These statements include EPS guidance and are generally identified by the use of such terms as “may,” “could,” “expect,” “intend,” “believe,” “plan,” “estimate,” “forecast,” “project,” “anticipate,” “to be,” “to make” or other comparable terms. A fuller discussion of our operations, financial condition and status of litigation matters, including factors that may affect our business and future prospects, is contained in documents we have filed with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission, or SEC, including our Annual Report on Form 10-K, and will be contained in all subsequent periodic filings we make with the SEC. These documents identify in detail important risk factors that could cause our actual performance to differ materially from current expectations. Forward looking statements include the overall impact of the Novel Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) on the Company, its results of operations, liquidity, and financial condition (including any estimates of the impact on these items), the rate and consistency with which dental and other practices resume or maintain normal operations in the United States and internationally, expectations regarding personal protective equipment (“PPE”) and COVID-19 related product sales and inventory levels and whether additional resurgences of the virus will adversely impact the resumption of normal operations, the impact of restructuring programs as well as of any future acquisitions, and more generally current expectations regarding performance in current and future periods. Forward looking statements also include the (i) ability of the Company to make additional testing available, the nature of those tests and the number of tests intended to be made available and the timing for availability, the nature of the target market, as well as the efficacy or relative efficacy of the test results given that the test efficacy has not been, or will not have been, independently verified under normal FDA procedures and (ii) potential for the Company to distribute the COVID-19 vaccines and ancillary supplies.

Risk factors and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from current and historical results include, but are not limited to: risks associated with COVID-19, as well as other disease outbreaks, epidemics, pandemics, or similar wide spread public health concerns and other natural disasters or acts of terrorism; our dependence on third parties for the manufacture and supply of our products; our ability to develop or acquire and maintain and protect new products (particularly technology products) and technologies that achieve market acceptance with acceptable margins; transitional challenges associated with acquisitions, dispositions and joint ventures, including the failure to achieve anticipated synergies/benefits; financial and tax risks associated with acquisitions, dispositions and joint ventures; certain provisions in our governing documents that may discourage third-party acquisitions of us; effects of a highly competitive (including, without limitation, competition from third-party online commerce sites) and consolidating market; the potential repeal or judicial prohibition on implementation of the Affordable Care Act; changes in the health care industry; risks from expansion of customer purchasing power and multi-tiered costing structures; increases in shipping costs for our products or other service issues with our third-party shippers; general global macro-economic and political conditions, including international trade agreements and potential trade barriers; failure to comply with existing and future regulatory requirements; risks associated with the EU Medical Device Regulation; failure to comply with laws and regulations relating to health care fraud or other laws and regulations; failure to comply with laws and regulations relating to the confidentiality of sensitive personal information or standards in electronic health records or transmissions; changes in tax legislation; litigation risks; new or unanticipated litigation developments and the status of litigation matters; cyberattacks or other privacy or data security breaches; risks associated with our global operations; our dependence on our senior management, as well as employee hiring and retention; and disruptions in financial markets. The order in which these factors appear should not be construed to indicate their relative importance or priority.

We caution that these factors may not be exhaustive and that many of these factors are beyond our ability to control or predict. Accordingly, any forward-looking statements contained herein should not be relied upon as a prediction of actual results. We undertake no duty and have no obligation to update forward-looking statements.

Included within the press release are non-GAAP financial measures that supplement the Company’s Consolidated Statements of Income prepared under generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP). These non-GAAP financial measures adjust the Company’s actual results prepared under GAAP to exclude certain items. In the schedules attached to this press release, the non-GAAP measures have been reconciled to and should be considered together with the Consolidated Statements of Income. Management believes that non-GAAP financial measures provide investors with useful supplemental information about the financial performance of our business, enable comparison of financial results between periods where certain items may vary independent of business performance and allow for greater transparency with respect to key metrics used by management in operating our business. These non-GAAP financial measures are presented solely for informational and comparative purposes and should not be regarded as a replacement for corresponding, similarly captioned, GAAP measures.


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