Investors pushed share prices for Smith & Nephew (NYSE:SNN) up in London and New York today after the medical device giant posted a third-quarter revenue gain and confirmed its outlook for the rest of the year.
The British orthopedics and wound care firm reported that sales grew 1.5% to $1.15 billion during the three months ended Sept. 29, powered by a 4.4% gain to $569 million for its U.S. business.
Sales in established markets outside the U.S. were off -3.4% to $393 million; emerging-market sales were $207 million, up 3.5%.
“Improved underlying revenue growth in the third quarter was led by growth in the U.S. and emerging markets. We are on-track to deliver our full year guidance,” CEO Namal Nawana said in prepared remarks. “These results were achieved whilst successfully redesigning how we will run the company. There is still more to do, and I am pleased with the pace of progress and engagement across the organization.”
Although it affirmed its forecast for underlying revenue growth of 2% to 3% this year, Smith & Nephew said it expects sales to come in at the lower half of the range.
The company also unveiled a new structural model involving its three main segments: orthopedics, sports medicine/ENT, and wound, each led by a president. Smith & Nephew downplayed the impact of the U.K.’s exit from the European Union, saying Brexit won’t have “a significant impact on our long-term ability to conduct business into and out of the EU or UK.”
“We are making good progress with our preparations for the various scenarios,” the company said.
The news sent SNN shares up 7.7% to $35.40 apiece today in pre-market trading in New York. In London, SN shares were up 6.3% to £13.54 each as of about 1 pm local time.
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