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Quest Diagnostics Inc. Reports Operating Results (10-Q)
Posted by: gurufocus (IP Logged)
Date: April 27, 2012 04:44PM

Quest Diagnostics Inc. (DGX) filed Quarterly Report for the period ended 2012-03-31. Quest Diagnostc has a market cap of $9.27 billion; its shares were traded at around $57.53 with a P/E ratio of 12.7 and P/S ratio of 1.2. The dividend yield of Quest Diagnostc stocks is 1.2%. Quest Diagnostc had an annual average earning growth of 11.4% over the past 10 years. GuruFocus rated Quest Diagnostc the business predictability rank of 3.5-star.



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The Company has entered into various interest rate lock agreements and forward starting interest rate swap agreements to hedge part of the Company's interest rate exposure associated with the variability in future cash flows attributable to changes in interest rates. The total net loss, net of taxes, recognized in accumulated other comprehensive income (loss), related to the Company's cash flow hedges as of March 31, 2012 and December 31, 2011 was $7.4 million and $7.7 million, respectively. The loss recognized on the Company's cash flow hedges for the three months ended March 31, 2012 and 2011, as a result of ineffectiveness, was not material. The net amount of deferred losses on cash flow hedges that is expected to be reclassified from accumulated other comprehensive income (loss) into earnings within the next twelve months is $1.3 million.

The Company maintains various fixed-to-variable interest rate swaps which have an aggregate notional amount of $550 million and variable interest rates based on six-month LIBOR plus 0.54% and one-month LIBOR plus 1.33%. These derivative financial instruments are accounted for as fair value hedges of a portion of the Senior Notes due 2016 and a portion of the Senior Notes due 2020 and effectively convert that portion of the debt into variable interest rate debt. These interest rate swaps are classified as assets with fair values of $51.3 million and $56.5 million at March 31, 2012 and December 31, 2011, respectively. Since inception, the fair value hedges have been effective; therefore, there is no impact on earnings for the three months ended March 31, 2012 and 2011 as a result of hedge ineffectiveness.

Results for the three months ended March 31, 2012 were affected by certain items that impacted earnings per diluted share by $0.08. During the first quarter of 2012, we incurred costs of $13.1 million, or $0.05 per diluted share, primarily associated with professional fees and other costs associated with further restructuring and integrating our business. Results for the quarter also included $7.1 million, or $0.03 per diluted share, principally associated with severance and other separation benefits as well as accelerated vesting of certain equity awards in connection with the succession of our CEO.

Results for the three months ended March 31, 2011 were affected by a number of items which impacted earnings per share by $1.33. During the first quarter of 2011, we recorded the Medi-Cal charge of $236 million, or $1.19 per diluted share, in other operating (income) expense, net (see Note 5 to the interim consolidated financial statements for further details). In addition, results for the three months ended March 31, 2011 included $13.3 million of pre-tax charges, or $0.05 per diluted share, principally associated with workforce reductions. Results for the quarter also included $4.7 million of pre-tax transaction costs, or $0.02 per diluted share, associated with the acquisitions of Athena and Celera. Of these costs, $2.3 million, primarily related to professional fees, were recorded in selling, general and administrative expenses and $2.4 million of financing related costs were recorded in interest expense, net. In addition, we estimate that the impact of severe weather, which reduced revenues during the quarter, adversely affected operating income by $18.5 million, or $0.07 per diluted share.

Clinical testing revenue, which accounted for over 90% of our consolidated revenues, increased by 6.4% for the three months ended March 31, 2012 over the prior year period. The acquisitions of Athena, Celera and S.E.D. contributed about 2.8% to clinical testing revenue growth in the quarter. Clinical testing volume, measured by the number of requisitions, increased 3.4% for the first quarter of 2012, compared to the prior year period. We estimate that the impact of weather favorably affected the year-over-year volume comparisons by about 2%, and acquisitions contributed about 0.5%. After considering the favorable impact of weather and acquisitions, underlying volume growth was about 1%. Pre-employment drug testing volume grew about 5% in the quarter.

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