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Intuitive Surgical Announces Fourth Quarter Earnings

SUNNYVALE, Calif., Jan. 21, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Intuitive Surgical, Inc. (NASDAQ:ISRG), the industry leader in robotic-assisted surgery, today announced financial results for the quarter ended December 31, 2015. Reported revenue and procedure results were consistent with the Company’s January 13th press release.

Q4 Highlights

  • Worldwide da Vinci procedures grew approximately 15% compared with the fourth quarter of 2014, driven primarily by growth in U.S. general surgery procedures and worldwide urologic procedures.

  • The Company shipped 158 da Vinci Surgical Systems, compared with 137 in the fourth quarter of 2014 and 117 in the third quarter of 2015.

  • Non-GAAP* revenue of $677 million grew approximately 13% compared with $601 million for the fourth quarter of 2014.

  • Fourth quarter 2015 non-GAAP* net income was $224 million, or $5.89 per diluted share, compared with $184 million, or $4.92 per diluted share, for the fourth quarter of 2014.

  • In January 2016, the Company received FDA clearance for its integrated table motion technology.

Q4 Financial Summary

Revenue, gross profits, income from operations, net income, and net income per share are reported on a GAAP and non-GAAP basis. The non-GAAP measures are described below and are reconciled to the corresponding GAAP measures at the end of this release.

Fourth quarter 2015 revenue was $677 million, an increase of approximately 12% compared with $605 million in the fourth quarter of 2014. Fourth quarter 2015 non-GAAP revenue was equal to GAAP revenue and increased by approximately 13%, compared with $601 million in the fourth quarter of 2014. Fourth quarter 2014 non-GAAP revenue excluded $4 million of net revenue associated with da Vinci Xi System trade-out offers.

Fourth quarter 2015 instrument and accessory revenue increased by approximately 16% to $326 million, compared with $281 million for the fourth quarter of 2014 driven by approximately 15% growth in da Vinci procedure volume. Fourth quarter 2015 non-GAAP instrument and accessory revenue was equal to GAAP instrument and accessory revenue and increased by approximately 16%, compared with $280 million in the fourth quarter of 2014. Fourth quarter 2014 non-GAAP instrument and accessory revenue excluded $1 million of net revenue associated with da Vinci Xi System trade-out offers.

Fourth quarter 2015 systems revenue increased by approximately 8% to $231 million, compared with $214 million for the fourth quarter of 2014. Fourth quarter 2015 non-GAAP systems revenue was equal to GAAP systems revenue and increased by approximately 9%, compared with $211 million in the fourth quarter of 2014. Fourth quarter 2014 non-GAAP systems revenue excluded $3 million of net revenue associated with da Vinci Xi System trade-out offers. Intuitive Surgical shipped 158 da Vinci Surgical Systems in the fourth quarter of 2015, compared with 137 in the fourth quarter of 2014. 16 of the fourth quarter 2015 da Vinci Surgical Systems were shipped under operating lease arrangements, compared with 5 during the fourth quarter of 2014.

Fourth quarter 2015 service revenue increased by approximately 9% to $120 million, compared with $110 million for the fourth quarter of 2014. GAAP and non-GAAP service revenue were the same in both quarters.

Fourth quarter 2015 income from operations increased to $246 million, compared with $186 million in the fourth quarter of 2014. Fourth quarter 2015 non-GAAP income from operations increased to $293 million, compared with $237 million in the fourth quarter of 2014.

Fourth quarter 2015 GAAP net income was $190 million, or $4.99 per diluted share, compared with $147 million, or $3.94 per diluted share, for the fourth quarter of 2014. Fourth quarter 2015 non-GAAP net income was $224 million, or $5.89 per diluted share, compared with $184 million, or $4.92 per diluted share, for the fourth quarter of 2014. GAAP and non-GAAP net income for the fourth quarter of 2014 included $20 million of income tax reserve releases.

Full year 2015 GAAP and non-GAAP revenue was $2.4 billion, compared to $2.1 billion in 2014. Full year 2015 net income per diluted share was $15.54, compared to $11.11 in 2014. Full year 2015 non-GAAP diluted net income per share was $19.28, compared to $16.10 in 2014.

Intuitive Surgical ended the fourth quarter of 2015 with $3.3 billion in cash, cash equivalents, and investments, an increase of $223 million during the quarter, primarily driven by cash generated from operations.

Commenting on the announcement, Dr. Gary Guthart, President and CEO of Intuitive Surgical, said, “Our strong results reflect expanded use of our products in general surgery and international markets. While robotic-assisted surgery has been growing for years, we believe we are in the early stages relative to our long-term opportunity.”

Additional supplemental financial and procedure information has been posted to the Investor Relations section of the Intuitive website at: http://phx.corporate-ir.net/phoenix.zhtml?c=122359&p=irol-IRHome.

Webcast and Conference Call Information
Intuitive Surgical will hold a teleconference at 1:30 p.m. PST today to discuss the fourth quarter 2015 financial results. The call is being webcast by NASDAQ OMX and can be accessed at Intuitive Surgical’s website at www.intuitivesurgical.com or by dialing (800) 230-1059 or (612) 234-9959.

About Intuitive Surgical, Inc.
Intuitive Surgical, Inc. (NASDAQ:ISRG), headquartered in Sunnyvale, Calif., is the industry leader in robotic-assisted, minimally invasive surgery. Intuitive Surgical develops, manufactures, and markets the da Vinci Surgical System.

About the da Vinci Surgical System

The da Vinci Surgical System is a surgical platform designed to enable complex surgery using a minimally invasive approach. The da Vinci Surgical System consists of an ergonomic surgeon console or consoles, a patient-side cart with three or four interactive arms, a high-performance vision system and proprietary EndoWrist instruments. Powered by state-of-the-art technology, the da Vinci Surgical System is designed to scale, filter, and seamlessly translate the surgeon’s hand movements into more precise movements of the EndoWrist instruments. The net result is an intuitive interface with improved surgical capabilities. By providing surgeons with superior visualization, enhanced dexterity, greater precision, and ergonomic comfort, the da Vinci Surgical System makes it possible for skilled surgeons to perform more minimally invasive procedures involving complex dissection or reconstruction. Surgeons, hospitals, and patients benefit from a large community of users and the Company's robotic-assisted surgical ecosystem, beginning with the robotic platforms, but also including the broad instrument product line, imaging solutions, training programs and technology, clinical validation, field clinical support, field technical support, and program optimization. For more information about clinical evidence related to da Vinci Surgery, please visit http://www.intuitivesurgical.com/company/clinical-evidence/.

da Vinci® and EndoWrist® are trademarks of Intuitive Surgical, Inc.

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements, including statements regarding the Company's long-term robotic-assisted surgery opportunity. These forward-looking statements are necessarily estimates reflecting the best judgment of our management and involve a number of risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those suggested by the forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements should, therefore, be considered in light of various important factors, including, but not limited to, the following: the impact of global and regional economic and credit market conditions on healthcare spending; healthcare reform legislation in the United States and its impact on hospital spending, reimbursement and fees which will be levied on certain medical device revenues; decreases in hospital admissions and actions by payers to limit or manage surgical procedures; timing and success of product development and market acceptance of developed products; procedure counts; regulatory approvals, clearances and restrictions or any dispute that may occur with any regulatory body; guidelines and recommendations in the healthcare and patient communities; intellectual property positions and litigation; competition in the medical device industry and in the specific markets of surgery in which we operate; unanticipated manufacturing disruptions or the inability to meet demand for products; the results of legal proceedings to which we are or may become a party; product liability and other litigation claims; adverse publicity regarding the Company and the safety of our products and adequacy of training; our ability to expand into foreign markets; and other risk factors under the heading “Risk Factors” in our report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2014, as updated by our quarterly reports on Form 10-Q and our other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Statements using words such as “estimates,” “projects,” “believes,” “anticipates,” “plans,” “expects,” “intends,” “may,” “will,” “could,” “should,” “would,” “targeted” and similar words and expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements. You are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward looking statements, which speak only as of the date of this press release. We undertake no obligation to publicly update or release any revisions to these forward-looking statements, except as required by law.

*About Non-GAAP Financial Measures

To supplement our consolidated financial statements, which are prepared and presented in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States (“GAAP”), we use the following non-GAAP financial measures: non-GAAP revenue, non-GAAP gross profit, non-GAAP income from operations, non-GAAP net income, and non-GAAP net income per diluted share (“EPS”). The presentation of this financial information is not intended to be considered in isolation or as a substitute for, or superior to, the financial information prepared and presented in accordance with GAAP.

We use these non-GAAP financial measures for financial and operational decision-making and as a means to evaluate period-to-period comparisons. We believe that these non-GAAP financial measures provide meaningful supplemental information regarding our performance and liquidity by excluding non-cash charges, such as amortization of intangible assets and share-based compensation (“SBC”) expenses, and other special items. We believe that both management and investors benefit from referring to these non-GAAP financial measures in assessing our performance and when planning, forecasting, and analyzing future periods. These non-GAAP financial measures also facilitate management’s internal comparisons to our historical performance and liquidity. We believe these non-GAAP financial measures are useful to investors because (1) they allow for greater transparency with respect to key metrics used by management in its financial and operational decision-making and (2) they are used by our institutional investors and the analyst community to help them analyze the performance of our business.

Non-GAAP revenue. We define non-GAAP revenue as revenue excluding the impact of reserve adjustments recorded in connection with trade-in rights provided to certain customers in connection with the launch of our da Vinci Xi Surgical System that were accounted for as a right of return.

Non-GAAP gross profit. We define non-GAAP gross profit as gross profit excluding the amortization of intangible assets, expenses related to SBC, and the impact of revenue and cost adjustments recorded in connection with trade-in rights provided to certain customers in connection with the launch of our da Vinci Xi Surgical System that were accounted for as a right of return.

Non-GAAP income from operations. We define non-GAAP income from operations as income from operations excluding the amortization of intangible assets, expenses related to SBC, impact related to the da Vinci Xi trade out offers, litigation charges and recoveries.

Non-GAAP net income and EPS. We define non-GAAP net income as net income excluding the amortization of intangible assets, expenses related to SBC, impact related to the da Vinci Xi trade out offers, litigation charges and recoveries, and non-cash impairment of investments, net of the related tax effects. The tax effects are determined by applying a calculated non-GAAP effective tax rate, which is commonly referred to as the with-and-without method. Without excluding these tax effects, investors would only see the gross effect that these non-GAAP adjustments had on our operating results. We define non-GAAP EPS as non-GAAP net income divided by the weighted average outstanding shares, on a fully-diluted basis.

There are a number of limitations related to the use of non-GAAP measures versus measures calculated in accordance with GAAP. Non-GAAP gross profit, non-GAAP income from operations, non-GAAP net income, and non-GAAP EPS exclude amortization of intangible assets and SBC, which are recurring expenses. SBC has been and will continue to be for the foreseeable future a significant recurring expense in our business. In addition, the components of the costs that we exclude in our calculation of non-GAAP net income and non-GAAP EPS may differ from the components that our peer companies exclude when they report their results of operations. Management compensates for these limitations by providing specific information regarding the GAAP amounts excluded from non-GAAP net income and non-GAAP EPS and evaluating non-GAAP net income and non-GAAP EPS together with net income and EPS calculated in accordance with GAAP.


INTUITIVE SURGICAL, INC.
UNAUDITED QUARTERLY CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME
(IN MILLIONS, EXCEPT PER SHARE DATA)
Three months ended
In millions (except per share data)December 31,
2015
September 30,
2015
December 31,
2014
Revenue:
Instruments and accessories$325.6 $298.1 $280.7
Systems230.7 174.2 214.0
Services120.2 117.4 110.0
Total revenue676.5 589.7 604.7
Cost of revenue:
Product178.3 155.3 172.3
Service 39.4 38.6 39.0
Total cost of revenue 217.7 193.9 211.3
Gross profit 458.8 395.8 393.4
Operating expenses:
Selling, general and administrative160.3 154.9 160.0
Research and development52.6 51.0 47.3
Total operating expenses 212.9 205.9 207.3
Income from operations 245.9 189.9 186.1
Interest and other income (expense), net5.9 3.7 (1.3)
Income before taxes 251.8 193.6 184.8
Income tax expense61.8 26.3 38.0
Net income$190.0 $167.3 $146.8
Net income per share:
Basic$5.09 $4.49 $4.03
Diluted$4.99 $4.40 $3.94
Shares used in computing net income per share:
Basic37.3 37.3 36.4
Diluted38.1 38.0 37.3


INTUITIVE SURGICAL, INC.
UNAUDITED TWELVE MONTHS ENDED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME
(IN MILLIONS, EXCEPT PER SHARE DATA)
Twelve months ended
December 31,
In millions (except per share data)2015 2014
Revenue:
Instruments and accessories$1,197.7 $1,070.2
Systems721.9 632.5
Services464.8 429.0
Total revenue2,384.4 2,131.7
Cost of revenue:
Product647.2 569.9
Service159.3 148.0
Total cost of revenue806.5 717.9
Gross profit1,577.9 1,413.8
Operating expenses:
Selling, general and administrative640.5 691.0
Research and development197.4 178.0
Total operating expenses837.9 869.0
Income from operations740.0 544.8
Interest and other income, net18.5 4.2
Income before taxes758.5 549.0
Income tax expense169.7 130.2
Net income$588.8 $418.8
Net income per share:
Basic$15.87 $11.35
Diluted$15.54 $11.11
Shares used in computing net income per share:
Basic37.1 36.9
Diluted37.9 37.7


INTUITIVE SURGICAL, INC.
UNAUDITED CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
(IN MILLIONS)
In millionsDecember 31,
2015
December 31,
2014
Cash, cash equivalents and investments$3,347.8 $2,497.0
Accounts receivable, net394.3 315.1
Inventories167.9 181.7
Property, plant and equipment, net432.1 387.4
Goodwill201.1 198.0
Deferred tax assets167.8 171.3
Other assets196.3 208.9
Total assets$4,907.3 $3,959.4
Accounts payable and other accrued liabilities$357.7 $358.1
Deferred revenue230.1 221.9
Total liabilities587.8 580.0
Stockholders’ equity4,319.5 3,379.4
Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity$4,907.3 $3,959.4


INTUITIVE SURGICAL, INC.
UNAUDITED RECONCILIATION OF GAAP FINANCIAL MEASURES TO NON-GAAP FINANCIAL
MEASURES
(IN MILLIONS, EXCEPT PER SHARE DATA)
Three months ended Twelve months ended
In millions (except per share data) December 31,
2015
September 30,
2015
December 31,
2014
December 31,
2015
December 31,
2014
GAAP revenue $676.5 $589.7 $604.7 $2,384.4 $2,131.7
Recognition of revenue related to Xi trade-out offers (3.9)
Non-GAAP revenue $676.5 $589.7 $600.8 $2,384.4 $2,131.7
GAAP gross profit $458.8 $395.8 $393.4 $1,577.9 $1,413.8
Xi trade-out offers (2.2)
Share-based compensation expense 9.0 9.4 8.4 35.7 32.6
Amortization of intangible assets 2.9 3.2 3.6 12.7 10.8
Non-GAAP gross profit $470.7 $408.4 $403.2 $1,626.3 $1,457.2
GAAP income from operations $245.9 $189.9 $186.1 $740.0 $544.8
Xi trade-out offers (2.2)
Share-based compensation expense 41.5 44.2 41.2 168.1 169.1
Amortization of intangible assets 5.8 6.2 6.5 24.4 22.4
Litigation charges (recoveries) (0.6) 5.4 13.2 82.4
Non-GAAP income from operations $292.6 $240.3 $237.0 $945.7 $818.7
GAAP net income $190.0 $167.3 $146.8 $588.8 $418.8
Xi trade-out offers (2.2)
Share-based compensation expense 41.5 44.2 41.2 168.1 169.1
Amortization of intangible assets 5.8 6.2 6.5 24.4 22.4
Litigation charges (recoveries) (0.6) 5.4 13.2 82.4
Impairment of investments 4.3 8.5
Tax adjustments (12.4) (18.5) (18.5) (63.6) (94.3)
Non-GAAP net income $224.3 $199.2 $183.5 $730.9 $606.9
GAAP net income per share - diluted $4.99 $4.40 $3.94 $15.54 $11.11
Xi trade-out offers (0.06)
Share-based compensation expense 1.09 1.16 1.10 4.44 4.49
Amortization of intangible assets 0.15 0.16 0.17 0.64 0.59
Litigation charges (recoveries) (0.02) 0.14 0.35 2.19
Impairment of investments 0.12 0.23
Tax adjustments (0.32) (0.48) (0.49) (1.69) (2.51)
Non-GAAP net income per share - diluted $5.89 $5.24 $4.92 $19.28 $16.10


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