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Pfizer Reports Third-Quarter 2012 Results

Stock quotes in this article: PFE

As a result of the aforementioned factors, third-quarter 2012 adjusted income (2) was $3.9 billion, a decrease of 16% compared with $4.7 billion in the year-ago quarter, and adjusted diluted EPS (2) was $0.53, a decrease of 12% compared with $0.60 in third-quarter 2011.

Reported Net Income (3) and Reported Diluted EPS (3) Highlights

In addition to the aforementioned factors, third-quarter 2012 reported earnings in comparison with the same period in 2011 were favorably impacted by lower purchase accounting adjustments, lower costs related to cost-reduction and productivity initiatives, lower acquisition-related costs and lower impairment charges. Third-quarter 2012 reported earnings in comparison with the year-ago quarter were unfavorably impacted by a $491 million charge resulting from an agreement-in-principle with the U.S. Department of Justice to resolve an investigation into Wyeth’s historical promotional practices in connection with Rapamune, higher costs associated with the potential separation of the Animal Health business as well as the non-recurrence of the gain on the sale of Capsugel (4) recorded in third-quarter 2011.

In third-quarter 2012, the effective tax rate on reported results was favorably impacted by a settlement with the U.S. Internal Revenue Service related to audits for multiple tax years. The settlement resulted in a favorable impact on net income of $1.1 billion representing tax and interest. The effective tax rate on reported results was also favorably impacted by the resolution of foreign audits as mentioned above and the change in jurisdictional mix of earnings, partially offset by the unfavorable impact of the non-deductibility of the aforementioned charge related to Rapamune, as well as the expiration of the U.S. research and development tax credit.

As a result of all these factors, third-quarter 2012 reported net income (3) was $3.2 billion, a decrease of 14% compared with $3.7 billion in the prior-year quarter, and reported diluted EPS (3) was $0.43, a decrease of 10% compared with $0.48 in third-quarter 2011.

Executive Commentary

Ian Read, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, stated, “Overall, our results this quarter reflect continued product losses of exclusivity, most notably Lipitor in all major markets. Despite a challenging and dynamic environment, worldwide revenues from many of our key medicines, including Enbrel, Celebrex and Lyrica, continued to grow operationally. Additionally, we continued to perform well in emerging markets, most notably in China, given the breadth of our portfolio and focused investment.”

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