Despite the importance of non-GAAP earnings in analyzing Allergan’s underlying business, the budgeting and forecasting process and designing incentive compensation, non-GAAP earnings has no standardized meaning defined by GAAP. Therefore, non-GAAP earnings has limitations as an analytical tool, and should not be considered in isolation, or as a substitute for analysis of Allergan’s results as reported under GAAP. Some of these limitations are:
- it does not reflect cash expenditures, or future requirements, for expenditures relating to restructurings, legal settlements, and certain acquisitions, including severance and facility transition costs associated with acquisitions;
- it does not reflect asset impairment charges or gains or losses on the disposition of assets associated with restructuring and business exit activities;
- it does not reflect the tax benefit or tax expense associated with the items indicated;
- it does not reflect the impact on earnings of charges or income resulting from certain matters Allergan considers not to be indicative of its on-going operations; and
- other companies in Allergan’s industry may calculate non-GAAP earnings differently than it does, which may limit its usefulness as a comparative measure.
Allergan compensates for these limitations by using non-GAAP earnings only to supplement net earnings on a basis prepared in conformance with GAAP in order to provide a more complete understanding of the factors and trends affecting its business. Allergan strongly encourages investors to consider both net earnings and cash flows determined under GAAP as compared to non-GAAP earnings, and to perform their own analysis, as appropriate.
In this press release, Allergan also reported sales performance using the non-GAAP financial measure of constant currency sales. Constant currency sales represent current period reported sales adjusted for the translation effect of changes in average foreign exchange rates between the current period and the corresponding period in the prior year. Allergan calculates the currency effect by comparing adjusted current period reported amounts, calculated using the monthly average foreign exchange rates for the corresponding period in the prior year, to the actual current period reported amounts. Management refers to growth rates at constant currency so that sales results can be viewed without the impact of changing foreign currency exchange rates, thereby facilitating period-to-period comparisons of Allergan’s sales. Generally, when the dollar either strengthens or weakens against other currencies, the growth at constant currency rates will be higher or lower, respectively, than growth reported at actual exchange rates.