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Intuitive Surgical Announces Third Quarter Earnings

Stocks in this article: ISRG

Intuitive ended the third quarter of 2012 with $2.7 billion in cash, cash equivalents and investments, reflecting an increase of $70 million during the quarter. $170 million of cash was used to repurchase 343 thousand shares in the quarter.

Commenting on the announcement, Dr. Gary Guthart, President and CEO of Intuitive Surgical, said, "Our third quarter highlighted both market strengths and significant headwinds. Procedures came in below our expectations, driven by conditions in Europe and changes in prostate cancer detection and treatment. On the positive side, acceptance of da Vinci general and gynecologic surgery continues to grow."

The Company will also announce these results at a conference call today at 1:30 pm PDT. The dial-in numbers for the call are (800) 230-1092 for participants located in the United States and (612) 288-0337 for participants located outside the United States. The host is Dr. Gary Guthart. To access financial information that will be discussed on the call, please visit Intuitive Surgical's website at

About Intuitive's Products

Intuitive Surgical, Inc. (Nasdaq:ISRG), headquartered in Sunnyvale, California, is the global technology leader in robotic-assisted, minimally invasive surgery. Intuitive Surgical develops, manufactures and markets robotic technologies designed to improve clinical outcomes and help patients return more quickly to active and productive lives. The Company's mission is to extend the benefits of minimally invasive surgery to the broadest possible base of patients. Intuitive Surgical — Taking surgery beyond the limits of the human hand™.

About the da Vinci® Surgical System

The da Vinci® Surgical System is a breakthrough 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 robotic arms, a high-performance vision system and proprietary EndoWrist® instruments. Powered by state-of-the-art robotic and computer 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 breakthrough surgical capabilities. By providing surgeons with superior visualization, enhanced dexterity, greater precision and ergonomic comfort, the da Vinci® Surgical System makes it possible for more surgeons to perform minimally invasive procedures involving complex dissection or reconstruction. This ultimately has the potential to raise the standard of care for complex surgeries, translating into numerous potential patient benefits, including less pain, a shorter recovery and quicker return to normal daily activities.

Intuitive®, Intuitive Surgical®, da Vinci®, da Vinci S®, da Vinci® S HD Surgical System, da Vinci® Si, da Vinci® Si-e TM Surgical System, EndoWrist®, EndoWrist ® One™, Single-Site TM, DVSTAT®, Firefly™ and InSite® are trademarks or registered trademarks of Intuitive Surgical, Inc.

This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. 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 the following: the impact of global and regional economic and credit market conditions on health care spending; health care reform legislation in the United States and its implications on hospital spending, reimbursement and fees which will be levied on certain medical device revenues; timing and success of product development and market acceptance of developed products; procedure counts; regulatory approvals, clearances and restrictions; guidelines and recommendations in the health care 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; 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, 2011, as updated from time to time by our quarterly reports on Form 10-Q and our other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Statements concerning forecasts, revenue growth, procedure growth, future financial results and 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 to reflect events or circumstances after the date of this press release or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events.

  Three months ended
  September 30, 2012 June 30, 2012 September 30, 2011
Instruments and accessories  $ 218.0  $ 223.7  $ 175.8
Systems  232.0  229.4  199.1
Services  87.8  83.4  71.8
 Total revenue  537.8 536.5 446.7
Cost of revenue:      
Product 119.3 122.9 96.2
Service 28.4 27.2 25.0
 Total cost of revenue (1) 147.7 150.1 121.2
Gross profit 390.1 386.4 325.5
Operating expenses:      
Selling, general, and administrative 129.0 120.9 111.2
Research and development 49.7 40.2 35.4
 Total operating expenses (1) 178.7 161.1 146.6
Income from operations (2)  211.4  225.3  178.9
Interest and other income (expense), net 4.3 4.0 1.9
Income before taxes  215.7  229.3  180.8
Income tax expense 32.4 74.4 58.4
Net income  $ 183.3  $ 154.9  $ 122.4
Net income per share:      
 Basic  $ 4.59  $ 3.88  $ 3.13
 Diluted   $ 4.46  $ 3.75  $ 3.05
Shares used in computing net income per share:      
 Basic  39.9  39.9  39.1
 Diluted  41.1  41.3  40.1
(1) Includes stock-based compensation expense as follows:    
Total cost of revenue  $ 8.4  $ 5.8  $ 6.1
Total operating expenses  $ 38.9  $ 27.5  $ 28.8
(2) Includes amortization of purchased intangibles as follows:    
Income from operations  $ 5.4  $ 6.1  $ 4.5
  Nine months ended September 30,
  2012 2011
Instruments and accessories  $ 649.5  $ 504.7
Systems  668.0  552.8
Services  252.0  203.0
 Total revenue 1,569.5 1,260.5
Cost of revenue:    
Product 353.9 274.5
Service 83.2 75.1
 Total cost of revenue (1) 437.1 349.6
Gross profit 1,132.4 910.9
Operating expenses:    
Selling, general, and administrative 374.1 316.8
Research and development 128.3 98.8
 Total operating expenses (1) 502.4 415.6
Income from operations (2)  630.0  495.3
Interest and other income (expense), net 12.1 11.3
Income before taxes  642.1  506.6
Income tax expense 160.4 162.7
Net income  $ 481.7  $ 343.9
Net income per share:    
 Basic  $ 12.10  $ 8.77
 Diluted   $ 11.72  $ 8.55
Shares used in computing net income per share:  
 Basic  39.8  39.2
 Diluted  41.1  40.2
(1) Includes stock-based compensation expense as follows:  
Total cost of revenue  $ 20.1  $ 17.4
Total operating expenses  $ 94.9  $ 84.4
(2) Includes amortization of purchased intangibles as follows:  
Income from operations  $ 17.2  $ 13.1
  September 30, 2012 December 31, 2011
Cash, cash equivalents and investments  $ 2,701.1  $ 2,171.8
Accounts receivable, net  336.2  297.9
Inventory  125.8  112.1
Property and equipment, net  223.4  197.2
Goodwill  138.1  116.9
Deferred tax assets  95.2  75.3
Other assets  112.4  91.9
 Total assets  $ 3,732.2  $ 3,063.1
Accounts payable and other accrued liabilities  $ 266.5  $ 262.3
Deferred revenue  172.2  155.2
 Total liabilities  438.7  417.5
Stockholders' equity  3,293.5  2,645.6
 Total liabilities and stockholders' equity  $ 3,732.2  $ 3,063.1
CONTACT: Investor Relations
         (408) 523-2161

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