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McKesson Reports Fiscal 2013 Third-Quarter Results

McKesson Corporation (NYSE: MCK) today reported that revenues for the third quarter ended December 31, 2012 were $31.2 billion, up 1% compared to $30.8 billion a year ago. On the basis of U.S. generally accepted accounting principles (“GAAP”), third-quarter earnings per diluted share was $1.24 compared to $1.20 a year ago.

Third-quarter Adjusted Earnings per diluted share was $1.41, up 1% compared to $1.40 a year ago.

For the first nine months of the fiscal year, McKesson generated cash from operations of $276 million, and ended the quarter with cash and cash equivalents of $2.7 billion. During the first nine months of the fiscal year, the company paid $147 million in dividends, had internal capital spending of $268 million and spent $577 million on acquisitions. The company also repurchased $360 million of its common stock during the third quarter.

Distribution Solutions revenues were up 1% in the third quarter, driven mainly by growth in our U.S. pharmaceutical direct distribution and services business and growth in our Medical-Surgical distribution business.

Canadian revenues, on a constant currency basis, increased 3% for the third quarter. Including the favorable currency impact of 3%, Canadian revenues increased 6% for the third quarter.

Medical-Surgical distribution and services revenues were up 15% for the third quarter, driven by market growth, new customers, acquisitions and one additional sales day.

In the third quarter, Distribution Solutions GAAP operating profit was $525 million and GAAP operating margin was 1.73%. Third-quarter adjusted operating profit was $569 million and the adjusted operating margin was 1.87%. Distribution Solutions third-quarter segment results include a $40 million pre-tax charge related to a legal dispute in our Canadian business.

Technology Solutions revenues were flat in the third quarter compared to the prior year. GAAP operating profit was $79 million for the third quarter and GAAP operating margin was 9.56%. Adjusted operating profit was $98 million for the third quarter and adjusted operating margin was 11.86%. Technology Solutions third-quarter segment results were impacted by revenue deferral in our international business.

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