Becton, Dickinson & Co. (BDX) Vincent A. Forlenza on Q1 2016 Results - Earnings Call Transcript

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Becton, Dickinson & Co. (NYSE:BDX)

Q1 2016 Earnings Call

February 03, 2016 8:00 am ET

Executives

Monique N. Dolecki - Vice President-Investor Relations

Vincent A. Forlenza - Chairman, President & Chief Executive Officer

Christopher R. Reidy - Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer & Chief Administrative Officer

Thomas Polen - President-Medical Segment & Executive Vice President

Linda Tharby - Executive Vice President & President-Life Sciences Segment

Analysts

Michael Weinstein - JPMorgan Securities LLC

David Ryan Lewis - Morgan Stanley & Co. LLC

David Harrison Roman - Goldman Sachs & Co.

Rick Wise - Stifel, Nicolaus & Co., Inc.

Larry S. Keusch - Raymond James & Associates, Inc.

William R. Quirk - Piper Jaffray & Co (Broker)

Matthew Taylor - Barclays Capital, Inc.

Brian D. Weinstein - William Blair & Co. LLC

Jonathan Groberg - UBS Securities LLC

Vijay Kumar - Evercore ISI

Rich S. Newitter - Leerink Partners LLC

Doug Schenkel - Cowen & Co. LLC

Derik De Bruin - Bank of America Merrill Lynch

Kristen M. Stewart - Deutsche Bank Securities, Inc.

Brandon Couillard - Jefferies LLC

Operator

Hello and welcome to BD's First Fiscal Quarter 2016 Earnings Call. At the request of BD, today's call is being recorded. It will be available for replay through February 10, 2016 on the Investors page of the BD.com website or by phone at 800-585-8367 for domestic calls and area code 404-537-3406 for international calls, using confirmation number 20775429. I would like to inform all parties that your lines have been placed in a listen-only mode until the question-and-answer segment.

Beginning today's call is Ms. Monique Dolecki, Vice President of Investor Relations. Ms. Dolecki, you may begin.

Monique N. Dolecki - Vice President-Investor Relations

Thank you, Christie. Good morning, everyone, and thank you for joining to us to review our first fiscal quarter results. As we referenced in our press release, we are presenting a set of slides to accompany our remarks on this call. The presentation is posted on the Investor Relations page of our website at BD.com. During today's call, we will make forward-looking statements and it is possible that actual results could differ from our expectations.

Factors that could cause such differences appear in our first fiscal quarter press release and in the MD&A sections of our recent SEC filings. We will also discuss some non-GAAP financial measures with respect to our performance. A reconciliation to GAAP measures can be found in our press release and its related financial schedules and in the slides. A copy of the release, including the financial schedules, is posted on the BD.com website.

As a reminder, until we annualize the acquisition of CareFusion in the third quarter of fiscal year 2016, we will speak to our revenue results on a comparable currency-neutral basis, which includes BD and CareFusion in the current and prior year periods. We believe this provides additional visibility into the new BD. The comparable current period revenues are adjusted to exclude a small impact related to a purchase accounting adjustment to record CareFusion's deferred revenues at fair value as of the acquisition date.

In addition, comparable prior year revenues are adjusted to exclude sales related to the terminated agreement with CareFusion for the sale of Fisher & Paykel's respiratory care products. The fiscal year 2016 comparable revenue guidance provided today will also exclude the year-over-year impact of this contract termination. The impact to the bottom line is not material and is included in our EPS guidance. Details of the purchase accounting and other smaller adjustments and the comparable basis revenue results can be found in the reconciliations to GAAP measures in the financial schedule in our press release or the appendix of the Investor Relations slides.

Leading the call this morning is Vince Forlenza, Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and President. Also joining us are Chris Reidy, Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Chief Administrative Officer; Bill Kozy, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer; Tom Polen, Executive Vice President and President of the Medical Segment; and Linda Tharby, Executive Vice President and President of the Life Sciences Segment. It is now my pleasure to turn the call over to Vince.

Vincent A. Forlenza - Chairman, President & Chief Executive Officer

Thank you, Monique, and good morning, everyone. As we stated in our press release, we are pleased with our solid start to fiscal year 2016. Performance from both the Medical and Life Science segments contributed to revenue growth that was in line with our expectations. Strong underlying margin expansion was driven by the achievement of operational efficiencies and continuous improvement, coupled with the positive impact of synergies.

As we move through the first quarter, we continue to make progress with the strategic review of our portfolio. Many of you already know, we recently announced that Fresenius Kabi has acquired the BD Simplist portfolio. We believe Fresenius is a better owner of the BD Rx business, as it complements their existing products and capabilities in the injectable pharmaceutical industry.

In addition, we're excited that we're initiating a long-term collaboration for Fresenius to supply us with a portfolio of competitive IV solutions in the U.S. This transaction is intended to enable BD to be responsive to our customers' needs and is complementary to our end-to-end medication management solutions for our customers and their patients.

Since we provided guidance in November, there've been a number of new dynamics that will affect our results this year. As most of you already know, several weeks ago there was a bipartisan agreement to suspend the medical device tax. This critical relief is extremely important to BD, as well as the patients, providers and research communities we serve. While some of the specifics are still being analyzed, we plan to reinvest this tax back into the business, which further supports our innovation strategy.

In summary, we're confident in our outlook and are maintaining our currency-neutral revenue guidance. We're also maintaining our adjusted EPS guidance, despite significant currency headwinds and are raising our currency-neutral adjusted EPS guidance for the full fiscal year.

Moving on to slide five, I will review our first quarter revenue and EPS results, which I will speak to on a currency-neutral basis. Total company revenues grew 1.8%, which is in line with our prior guidance of 1% to 2% growth that we had anticipated and communicated on our last earnings call. Adjusting for tough comparisons for the prior year, this reflects solid underlying growth in both segments. Adjusted EPS was $1.96, driven by the solid underlying performance of the segments. Earnings were ahead of our expectations, as the quarter also benefited from product mix that was incremental to already strong gross margin performance, and some timing of expenses and below-the-line items.

Now, I'd like to turn things over to Chris for a more detailed discussion of our first quarter financial performance and our updated fiscal year 2016 guidance.

Christopher R. Reidy - Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer & Chief Administrative Officer

Thanks, Vince, and good morning, everyone. As Vince just mentioned, performance in both segments contributed to a solid start to fiscal 2016. Total first quarter revenues of approximately $3 billion grew 1.8% on a comparable basis, which is in line with our previously disclosed guidance. Our growth rate this quarter reflects a tough comparison to strong prior year results of 6.7% organic growth, which includes CareFusion's final quarter as a standalone company, growing at 10% organically.

As a reminder, our results last year were driven by robust performance in the legacy CareFusion businesses, the impact of timing of orders in Pharmaceutical Systems, a very strong flu season, timing of tenders and strong emerging market performance. As a result, these items negatively impacted our first quarter growth rate by over 240 basis points. On an underlying basis, we are pleased with the solid performance of our segments and the momentum in our businesses.

BD Medical first quarter revenues increased 1.9%, reflecting the aforementioned items. Medication and Procedural Solutions, or MPS, growth was 2.0%, which reflects strength in pharmacy solutions, infusion therapy and safety-engineered products. Very strong results in the prior year negatively impacted the MPS growth rate by approximately 250 basis points. Despite extremely strong results in the prior year in Medication Management Solutions, revenues grew 4.3%, driven by both strong infusion and dispensing capital installations.

Respiratory Solutions revenues declined 6.8%, reflecting the tough comparisons to prior year results due to the strong final quarter as part of legacy CareFusion. Growth in Diabetes Care was 3.9%, driven by solid growth in pen needles. Pharmaceutical Systems growth of 2.6% reflects strong growth in SAIS, partially offset by the impact of timing of orders, which we expect to occur later this fiscal year.

BD Life Sciences first quarter revenues increased 1.7%, primarily driven by growth in Preanalytical Systems and Biosciences. Preanalytical Systems growth of 4.4% was driven by safety-engineered products in both the U.S. and Europe, and also reflects strong growth in emerging markets. BD Biosciences growth of 1.2% reflects clinical tendered delays in emerging markets and a difficult comparison to the prior year when sequestration ended. This was offset by strong sales that were driven by an increased demand of high-end instruments and growth in research reagents.

The Diagnostic Systems decline of 0.8% reflects a mild flu season, which impacted growth by approximately 400 basis points. Growth was also negatively impacted by a slowdown of capital spending in China. Solid microbiology growth as well as growth in molecular, led by BD MAX and international growth in women's health, partially offset the impact from the flu.

Moving to slide eight, I'll walk you through our geographic revenues for the first quarter on a currency-neutral basis. U.S. growth of 1.5% reflects the aforementioned prior year comparisons and timing impacts, with BD Medical growing 1.9% and BD Life Sciences growing 0.3%. BD Medical's performance reflects strength in pharmacy solutions, infusion therapy pumps and related consumables and strength in Diabetes Care. This was partially offset by Respiratory Solutions.

BD Life Sciences growth reflects the impact of a light flu season this year, and a difficult comparison to the prior year due to a strong flu season and the ending of sequestration. Offsetting these impacts was strong performance in the Biosciences business, driven by research reagent sales, solid performance in our Preanalytical Systems unit, growth in microbiology, and growth from BD MAX.

Moving on to international, revenues grew 2.2%. This is below our normal growth rate, which reflects timing of tenders and capital installations. International revenues also reflect the moderation of growth in China in the quarter, and I'll provide more color on China in just a moment.

The Medical segment grew 1.9%. This reflects solid performance in Pharmaceutical Systems and Medication Management Solutions, partially offset by a tough comparison due to large tenders in Brazil and EMA in the prior year, as well as timing of capital installations in the dispensing business.

The Life Sciences segment grew 2.7%, which reflects strong growth in Diagnostic Systems driven by core microbiology, women's health, and an expanded BD MAX menu in Europe. We also saw strong growth in the Preanalytical Systems unit. This was partially offset by a decline in the Biosciences business due to tender delays in emerging markets.

On slide nine, emerging market revenues grew 2.4% currency-neutral, with developed markets growing 1.7%. The first quarter growth rate in emerging markets reflects a very difficult comparison to the prior year period for both the BD and CareFusion legacy businesses and a moderation of growth in China. China growth for the first quarter was 4.5%, compared with growth of over 23% in the first quarter of last year. This difficult comparison was in line with our expectations.

Beyond the difficult comparison, we also experienced the continued slowdown of capital spending in diagnostic systems, which resulted in inventory adjustments. Inventory adjustments negatively impacted growth in the quarter by approximately 350 basis points. While there are pockets of pressure, millions of patients are entering the healthcare system and overall, emerging markets continue to be an important growth driver. For the total year, we expect China to grow in the low double-digit range and total emerging markets to grow 9% to 10%.

Moving to global safety on slide 10, currency-neutral sales increased 4.9% and grew to $737 million in the quarter. Safety revenues in the U.S. grew 3.8%, while international sales grew 6.5% currency-neutral, with continued strength in Europe as compliance with safety legislation continues. Safety revenues grew 10.9% in emerging markets. Medical safety sales grew 5.4% primarily driven by safety catheters and a range of products in Pharmaceutical Systems. Life Science safety sales, which are driven by our Preanalytical Systems unit, grew 4.1% in the quarter.

Slide 11 recaps the first quarter income statement and highlights our currency-neutral results. As I mentioned a few moments ago, revenues grew 1.8% on a comparable currency-neutral basis. Pricing was about flat in the quarter. Moving down the P&L, I will focus on the comparable basis figures, which includes CareFusion results in the prior year in order to give a better indication of our performance. Gross profit improved by 3.6%. I'll provide more color on gross profit on the next slide when we look at underlying performance and the impact of currency. SSG&A as a percentage of revenue was 24.9%. We are very pleased with the leverage we are getting, which includes the benefit of cost synergy capture.

R&D as a percentage of revenues was 6.3% as we continue to invest in new products and innovation. Operating income grew 12%, reflecting strong P&L leverage, which I'll also address in more detail on the next slide. Our tax rate increased slightly. However, it continues to improve versus our initial deal model expectations. As discussed earlier, adjusted earnings per share were $1.96, which is a 45.8% increase versus the prior year. This reflects solid underlying performance from the segments, positive product mix that was incremental to our already strong gross margin performance, some timing of expenses, and below-the-line items.

Slide 12 illustrates our gross profit and operating margin for the first quarter presented on a comparable basis. Strong gross profit margin performance of 130 basis points was primarily driven by continuous improvement initiatives and product mix, and to a lesser extent, favorable raw material prices. Building off the strong momentum in fiscal year 2015 of 100 basis points of underlying operating margin expansion, operating margins grew 220 basis points year-over-year, driven by gross margin expansion, combined with the achievement of operational efficiencies, continuous improvement, and the positive impact of cost synergies. Currency had a negative impact on both gross profit margin and operating margins.

Moving on to slide 14, since we provided guidance in November, there have been a number of new dynamics that we anticipate will affect our results. Some of these items include the sale of BD Rx, the suspension of the medical device tax, the reinstatement of the R&D tax credit, lower oil prices, a milder flu season, and additional FX pressure. As a result of these new dynamics, in combination with our first quarter results, we are raising our currency-neutral adjusted EPS guidance by 4 percentage points from $8.73 to $8.80 to a range of $9.01 to $9.08. The increased currency-neutral guidance is offset by incremental FX pressures of approximately $0.28 due to the continued strengthening of the U.S. dollar. Therefore, we are maintaining our adjusted EPS guidance of $8.37 to $8.44. We're extremely pleased with our performance and our ability to execute and deliver on our commitments.

Turning to slide 15, I'd like to walk you through additional elements of our guidance for the full fiscal year 2016. In summary, we continue to expect comparable revenue growth of 4.5% to 5% on a currency-neutral basis. On a reported basis, revenue growth for the total year is expected to be between 20% and 20.5%, which reflects a currency headwind of about 450 basis points.

The U.S. dollar has strengthened further against most currencies since we last provided guidance in November. Our guidance assumes a euro to dollar exchange rate of $1.09. We expect this unfavorable impact to be acute again in the second quarter with a revenue headwind of over 400 basis points on a comparable basis. We expect our currency-neutral revenue growth to be back in line with our guidance range of 4.5% to 5%.

In the second half of the year, we expect the currency impact on revenue to moderate. We continue to expect growth in BD Medical of 4.5% to 5%. In our Life Sciences segment, we are revising our guidance to 4% to 4.5% to reflect the mild flu season in combination with lower sales in China. Based on the current view of the environment, we continue to expect pricing to be about flat for the year.

We continue to expect gross profit margin to be between 52% and 52.5%, as the benefit from operating efficiencies, the sale of BD Rx and lower resin prices are expected to be partially offset by increased currency pressure. SSG&A as a percentage of sales is expected to be between 24% and 24.5%. This is slightly better than our previous forecast as a result of the suspension of the medical device tax, which was recorded within SSG&A. As we reinvest the medical device tax, we now expect R&D investment of about 6% to 6.5% of revenues. The reinvestment will help us to accelerate the strategies in both of our segments.

Operating margin is expected to be between 21% and 22% of revenues as a result of the items I just reviewed. Excluding the unfavorable impact of foreign currency, we are raising our underlying operating margin guidance to 170 basis points to 190 basis points. Once again, we're very pleased with our performance in driving margin expansion. We are broadening our tax rate to be between 21% and 22%. Our full year guidance ranges for operating cash flow, capital expenditures, interest/other, and share count remain unchanged from our November guidance.

Now, I'd like to turn the call back over to Vince, who will provide you with an update on our key initiatives and product portfolio.

Vincent A. Forlenza - Chairman, President & Chief Executive Officer

Thank you, Chris. Moving on to slide 17, we are presenting a new slide that includes updates on our new product innovation, strategic and business initiatives, and partnerships and collaborations. With this new format, we will provide business updates each quarter. The product update slides that you are accustomed to seeing will remain in the appendix of the presentation for reference.

Starting with new product innovation within our Life Sciences business, we're very pleased with the early access customer response to BD FACSSymphony, a novel cell analyzer enabling the simultaneous measurement of up to 50 different characteristics of a single cell. BD FACSSymphony offers high speed analysis that is 20 times faster than other non-flow platforms. When combined with our BD Horizon Brilliant or the Sirigen reagent portfolio, these capabilities will allow researchers improved identification and analysis of rare cell types and events.

In early December, we successfully launched our FACSCelesta instrument, a mid-level cell analyzer with a very positive market reception. The new FACSCelesta system offers simultaneous measurement of up to 14 different single cell characteristics. The FACSCelesta system is also designed to leverage our broad BD Horizon Brilliant reagent portfolio. In our Diagnostic Systems business, we continue to focus on menu expansion and anticipate launching new assays on the BD MAX platform in fiscal year 2016, including CT/GC and vaginitis.

Within our strategic and business initiatives, as we discussed earlier, we have divested the BD Rx business and are excited to be adding IV solutions to our Medication Management portfolio. We continue to make progress with our portfolio strategic review process and we'll provide you with updates as we move forward. In January, we launched our new BD brand that captures the new BD and our rearticulated purpose, Advancing the World of Health, which is more relevant than ever in a dynamic and ever-changing industry.

And in the equally important area of partnerships and collaborations, we remain on track with our collaboration with Medtronic. The insulin infusion sets in our Diabetes Care business have an expected product launch in the middle of the fiscal year 2016, so this year. We believe this product will improve the consistency of insulin delivery by significantly reducing silent occlusions, simplify the user's experience, and increase a patient's overall satisfaction with insulin pumping.

We continue to see strong growth and opportunities in our ID/AST business, where we have built a comprehensive solution offering, which includes the BD Bruker MALDI Biotyper. This is a result of the collaboration with Bruker Corporation. We've seen success over the past several years with the BD Bruker MBT instrument, due to its ability to provide rapid and accurate microbial identification and its adoption in new geographic markets. As you can see, we continue to have strong opportunities that drive growth and innovation, and we look forward to updating you as we make progress throughout the year.

Moving on to our business update on slide 18. We continue to make progress with our cost synergy capture. Our G&A functional transformation continued in first quarter and we made progress with our back office functions and with harmonizing our IT infrastructure. We remain on track to achieve our FY 2016 cost synergies and continue to expect $325 million to $350 million in total cost synergies as we exit fiscal year 2018.

Contributing to our operational efficiencies is the benefit of sustained lower oil prices on raw material costs, as we discussed earlier. The consistent solid performance of our business, combined with operating efficiencies, cost leverage and cost synergy capture, is driving continued underlying operating margin expansion. In addition to the 100 basis points of operating margin expansion in fiscal year 2015, we expect another 170 basis points to 190 basis points of expansion this fiscal year.

Now, I'd like to reiterate the key messages from our presentation today. First, this was a solid start to fiscal year 2016. Both segments performed well and we delivered very strong earnings growth. Second, our margin profile has improved significantly. We're driving operational efficiencies and continuous improvement, in addition to delivering on our synergy commitments. This is manifesting in our financial results, with 200 basis points of operating margin expansion this quarter and increased guidance for the total year. Third, we continue to evaluate and optimize our portfolio and focus on the appropriate strategic initiatives. In doing so, we are positioning ourselves in higher growth areas which are aligned with our core capabilities. By taking these actions, we are delivering the most value to our customers.

Finally, we are confident in our outlook and are maintaining our currency-neutral revenue guidance. We are also maintaining our adjusted EPS guidance despite significant currency headwinds and are raising our currency-neutral adjusted EPS guidance for the full fiscal year. We believe we're well positioned to continue our track record of delivering value to our customers and shareholders, and I look to the future with enthusiasm.

Thank you. We will now open the call to questions.

Question-and-Answer Session

Operator

Thank you. The floor is now open for questions. Thank you. Our first question is coming from Kristen Stewart of Deutsche Bank.

Christopher R. Reidy - Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer & Chief Administrative Officer

Morning, Kristen.

Vincent A. Forlenza - Chairman, President & Chief Executive Officer

Good morning, Kristen. We don't hear you, Kristen, if you're there.

Operator

Kristen, your line is open.

Vincent A. Forlenza - Chairman, President & Chief Executive Officer

Not working. Kristen?

Christopher R. Reidy - Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer & Chief Administrative Officer

We'll have to come back to Kristen.

Vincent A. Forlenza - Chairman, President & Chief Executive Officer

Are you on mute, Kristen?

Christopher R. Reidy - Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer & Chief Administrative Officer

Apparently.

Operator

Your next question is from Mike Weinstein of JPMorgan.

Vincent A. Forlenza - Chairman, President & Chief Executive Officer

Hey, are you there?

Michael Weinstein - JPMorgan Securities LLC

Hey, this is Mike. Can you hear me okay?

Vincent A. Forlenza - Chairman, President & Chief Executive Officer

Now we can, but you sound a little gravelly.

Christopher R. Reidy - Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer & Chief Administrative Officer

Sounds like you got a cold.

Michael Weinstein - JPMorgan Securities LLC

Yeah. Exactly. Well, I'm trying to make up for the flu season. So let me ask you a couple of items. So number one, you guys in the last call had guided to 1% to 2% constant currency growth for this quarter with a tougher comp. The Street heard you, but didn't do a good job of reflecting that in the numbers, but you're maintaining your FX-neutral guidance for the year, which effectively implies that over the balance of the year, the next three quarters, you grow the top line 5.5% to 6% FX neutral. So, A, is that correct? And then B, can you just walk us through your confidence in the top line outlook for the rest of the year? Thanks.

Christopher R. Reidy - Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer & Chief Administrative Officer

Sure, thanks, Mike. Yeah. So we did have results that were right in line in first quarter with what we guided, the 1% to 2%, it came in at 1.8%, which does imply greater growth for the rest of the year. Just to remind everyone that there was very difficult comps, a strong flu season last year. We had CareFusion's last final quarter, and we talked in our prepared remarks about the 6.7% growth that we were jumping over, including the CareFusion 10% growth. And then we had a number of items like in pharmacy solutions where we have the typical timing compares.

All of that goes away; in fact it reverses in the second half. So if you remember, the CareFusion businesses actually grew minus 2% in the third quarter. So actually, we expect the second quarter to be back in basically the range that we normally have, the 4.5% to 5%, and you'll start picking up more in the back half of the year against that CareFusion compare. Don't forget we had the AVEA recall in respiratory. So that becomes an easier compare. Emerging markets actually start comparing to more normalized results. You saw China this year – the first quarter of last year was 23% growth we had to jump over. So all of that starts reversing, and so we are confident in our full year guidance.

Vincent A. Forlenza - Chairman, President & Chief Executive Officer

Thanks, Mike.

Operator

Your next question is from David Lewis of Morgan Stanley.

Christopher R. Reidy - Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer & Chief Administrative Officer

Good morning, David.

David Ryan Lewis - Morgan Stanley & Co. LLC

Hey, good morning. Vince or Chris, I wanted to talk about emerging markets for a second here. How congested did you see the updated EM guidance? And I guess, just drilling down here, is the pressure largely capital in select businesses? Are you seeing any type of weakness in Tier 1 hospitals in China? And where are inventory levels now for you in some of these broader emerging markets?

Vincent A. Forlenza - Chairman, President & Chief Executive Officer

Sure. So taking China first, the weakness was really on the capital side. It was in Life Science, and it does not appear to be driven so much by the financial situation as it was driven more by this issue that we brought up last quarter, which is the auditing of large capital purchases. So we're seeing that in China and we expect that to continue for the rest of the year.

On the disposable side, we did fine. And these are products that sustain the healthcare system, and so we expect stability in China on that side. That's really the difference as we look around the emerging markets. That's the biggest difference. If I talk about Latin America, Latin America is basically – Brazil is where we said it was and then with stronger performance in the other countries.

So in terms of inventory, as you heard, we made inventory adjustments on the medical side last time and coming back to the diagnostic piece, we actually thought that it was more of a timing issue, this audit issue. We're now saying that's not going away. So we came back and we did make the inventory adjustment on the diagnostics side because of the change in the situation. Chris, anything else you would like to add?

Christopher R. Reidy - Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer & Chief Administrative Officer

No, that about nails it. Yeah.

Operator

Thank you. Your next question is from David Roman of Goldman Sachs.

David Harrison Roman - Goldman Sachs & Co.

Thank you. Good morning, everybody. I wanted just to follow up on the CareFusion integration. Clearly, the cost synergy side of the equation is progressing at a rate faster than you had initially provided. But can you give us a little bit more clarity on how some of the cross-selling initiatives may be materializing and when you think we could start to see that drive a revenue uptick, particularly in the context of – the 4.5% to 5% is pretty much where the business has been growing the past couple of years and what it takes to sort of accelerate that number?

Vincent A. Forlenza - Chairman, President & Chief Executive Officer

Well, overall, I would stick with what we said. You're really going to see the revenue synergies starting in 2017. That doesn't mean that we haven't done some work already in terms of aligning our organizations. And Tom can comment on that.

Thomas Polen - President-Medical Segment & Executive Vice President

Yeah. Sure. Hi, David. This is Tom. So I think, as Vince said, we've always commented that it would take us some time to get products registered for particularly the ex-U.S. markets, to put through our channels. Those registrations are well underway. We have several dozen products actively under regulatory review that we've already submitted. We have taken a few products that were already approved and put those through our channels and markets like China and we're seeing some early positive signs, but we've always said it would take some time to ramp and that we would see that more in FY 2017. And we're right on track to that.

Operator

Thank you. Your next question is from Rick Wise at Stifel.

Rick Wise - Stifel, Nicolaus & Co., Inc.

Good morning, Vince. Good morning, everybody.

Vincent A. Forlenza - Chairman, President & Chief Executive Officer

Good morning.

Rick Wise - Stifel, Nicolaus & Co., Inc.

Let me start off with the margin expansion. Maybe, Chris, if I looked at the slide correctly, your bridging commentary, you had 22% cost synergies last quarter. This quarter you updated it by adding 4%. So we're really talking about 26% cost synergies now with CareFusion. Am I understanding that correctly? And maybe just in general, how much more is there to go? I mean, has it accelerated?

Christopher R. Reidy - Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer & Chief Administrative Officer

Well, you're on the right point, Rick. If you look at chart 14, it really lays that out. The one thing that I would say is that 4% additional is things like the sale of BD Rx. Oil prices continue to give us a lift, as the price per barrel went from $50 to $30, and so whether you call those synergies or – it's all good. What I would point to on that chart is that that $9.01 to $9.08 represents a 37% to 38% increase over where we would've been on a BDX legacy guidance basis.

And so how you characterize that, whether it's just accretion or synergies, that's somewhat semantics. We were growing over the expectation that we would have grown 9% to 10% anyway. So we've stayed pure on that. But the tax rate improvements, are those synergies? Yeah, they're synergies as well. It's just not what we had originally contemplated in the deal.

So we try to keep a very clear and transparent view of what is synergies and what's accretion and that 4%, as I said, I wouldn't call those synergies. We're not raising our synergy guidance as we did last quarter because these are just kind of other things that are benefiting our cost structure and bottom line that hadn't been contemplated in November.

So for what we control, we're really executing extremely well, very pleased with it. But obviously, the FX drag is worse in that regard. Since November, the euro has stabilized at $1.09. Of that 4% drag additional in FX, 1% comes from the euro remaining at that $1.09 and then another percent from other major currencies, like Canada for example, it's down 8% or 7% since November. Mexico is down 8%. China is down 3%. So that's another percent of that 4%. The other two is every other currency in the world is weak against the U.S. dollar, compared to where it was in November, and so that's another 2% so additional 4% drag.

So we don't really have a lot of control over that. We do everything we can to mitigate that. So what we control, we're really feeling good about, but we are going against significant FX headwinds. But we really feel good about the fact that we were able to still meet our commitment of $8.37 to $8.44, despite those significant FX headwinds.

Operator

Thank you. Your next question is from Larry Keusch of Raymond James.

Larry S. Keusch - Raymond James & Associates, Inc.

Hi, good morning. So just two things here. Number one, it sounded like from the prepared comments that the CareFusion large volume infusion pump business did quite well. I was wondering if you could provide a little color on that and some of the dynamics. I think you said capital sales were up and I'm asking in reference to some strong results from a competitor yesterday.

And then just on China, I think you also said low double-digit growth for the year. You are obviously starting much lower than that. So you've touched on this, but how do you really accelerate through the course of the year to get to that low double-digit China growth?

Vincent A. Forlenza - Chairman, President & Chief Executive Officer

Okay. So Tom will start with the infusion.

Thomas Polen - President-Medical Segment & Executive Vice President

Sure. Hi, this is Tom. So we did have another solid quarter for the overall MMS business and certainly in our infusion business and particularly – and maybe I'll just comment on the U.S., which is by far the largest market. We did have high single digit growth in our infusion business in the U.S., which in a market that's growing low single digits, we certainly see that as reflecting continued strengthening of our position in our Alaris business. So we're very pleased with our results and the momentum that we continue in that business.

Christopher R. Reidy - Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer & Chief Administrative Officer

Yeah, I think, Tom, we grew last year in MMS was, what, 40 something percent in the first quarter? So the 4% growth was on top of that, right?

Thomas Polen - President-Medical Segment & Executive Vice President

Exactly.

Vincent A. Forlenza - Chairman, President & Chief Executive Officer

Chris, do you want to take China?

Christopher R. Reidy - Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer & Chief Administrative Officer

Yeah, so for China, if you look at the first quarter growth, we talked about the difficult compare against the 23% and we talked about the inventory adjustments in Diagnostics. If you normalize for both of those, you'd be in double digits in China in the first quarter. As I said on the overall BD revenue growth to come, the comparison to prior year eases in the second half of the year significantly.

We have, for example, respiratory wasn't even shipping in China towards the second half of last year, so that makes it an easier compare as well. So that's where we get the low double digits. We are getting a little bit of a lift. We talked about most of the CareFusion synergies coming next year, but there's a little bit in connectors and things like that that help us – actually an easy compare against CareFusion's China performance last year, that gives us a little bit of a lift as well.

Vincent A. Forlenza - Chairman, President & Chief Executive Officer

Thanks for the question.

Operator

Thank you. Your next question is from Bill Quirk of Piper Jaffray.

William R. Quirk - Piper Jaffray & Co (Broker)

Great. Thanks and good morning, everybody. I guess first question is just on safety, and I guess specifically around Europe. I guess it's been a couple of quarters since you gave us an update here in terms of kind of how far through that opportunity we are penetrated and how much more does this have to go? Thanks.

Vincent A. Forlenza - Chairman, President & Chief Executive Officer

So I think Tom can talk to that. It's mostly on the medical side. As you may recall that it's fairly highly converted in the PAS business, and they're really moving to second generation products, but there's more opportunity on the medical side and Tom will talk about that.

Thomas Polen - President-Medical Segment & Executive Vice President

Hey, Bill. This is Tom. So safety does continue to perform well internationally overall and certainly in Europe, as compliance with the regulation continues to support our safety growth. Maybe just to break it into two categories, from a medical perspective as we think about infusion, I'd say we're probably in the fifth inning, let's say, there as that's typically the first area that people convert to.

And then in the injection business, which is generally a low – can proceed as a lower risk procedure, we're in even much earlier innings on that side of the business. So overall, we still have a ways to go, certainly several years to go when it comes to the European safety conversion.

Vincent A. Forlenza - Chairman, President & Chief Executive Officer

Thanks, Tom.

Operator

Thank you. Your next question is from Matt Taylor of Barclays.

Matthew Taylor - Barclays Capital, Inc.

Hi, thanks for taking the question. I guess I wanted to just get a sense of your views about flu, and you haven't updated us on your footprint there in a while. Could you speak to that? And interestingly, Abbott bought Alere this week. So does that change your view on point-of-care testing? Sorry for the multi-part question, but I had a few things to get in there.

Vincent A. Forlenza - Chairman, President & Chief Executive Officer

Well, that's okay. I don't think Abbott's buying Alere changes our view on point-of-care testing, but Linda will be happy to update you on the flu and what's going on out there.

Linda Tharby - Executive Vice President & President-Life Sciences Segment

Sure. So as we have seen on the flu, we had a tough jump over versus a strong flu season last year. And not seeing anything that would indicate we're going to get any sort of a flu season this year.

As for our position in point of care, on our Veritor platform, we feel very good about our position, both in terms of accuracy, turnaround time and throughput. This is being reflected in our share position, now over 19,000 instruments placed globally, and we're very excited about the new wireless connectivity we'll introduce this quarter.

Vincent A. Forlenza - Chairman, President & Chief Executive Officer

Thanks, Linda.

Operator

Your next question is from the Brian Weinstein of William Blair.

Brian D. Weinstein - William Blair & Co. LLC

Hey, guys. Thanks for taking the question. First one is on new products. Vince, you used to talk about percentage of revenue that new products were driving. Can you kind of update us where the new products are and what your thoughts are going forward for new products, especially in light of putting more money into R&D from the medical device tax reinvestment? Where are you putting that specifically? What types of projects should we be thinking about?

Vincent A. Forlenza - Chairman, President & Chief Executive Officer

Yeah, sure, Brian. We moved from about 8% to up to the 14%, 15% range last year. And that included Nano kind of starting to come out of that calculation. We're trying to get our arms around how we're going to do this calculation going forward with the CareFusion product line coming in, and we're not quite there yet. But if I look at the portfolio and the number of new products, I would say we're in a strong position. And it's across both of the segments, and it's over the next three-year period. And so both portfolios on the Medical side and the Life Science side appear good.

As I mentioned on the call, we feel very excited about the launch of the infusion set, the FlowSmart set. We haven't talked much about it lately, but SAIS is making progress with their Microinfusor, and we have signed up a number of customers there. And so we're starting to see some nice momentum in SAIS. I'm not going to try to walk through all of the new products across MPS and MMS, but there is a nice portfolio, and Tom would tell you in addition that the backlog for Pyxis remains very robust and then, Tom, I think it continues to actually get a little larger, right?

Thomas Polen - President-Medical Segment & Executive Vice President

Correct. It continues. Obviously, Pyxis ES is a major contributor to that percentage of new products sales and certainly continues to keep that number up very high for the company.

Vincent A. Forlenza - Chairman, President & Chief Executive Officer

Yeah, it would increase the number. And then on Linda's side of the business, I went through those new flow products but also the BD MAX menu expanding. You're seeing the impact of that in Europe already and, Linda, we should be getting those other assays out soon in terms of Chlamydia and vaginitis. What's your expectation there?

Linda Tharby - Executive Vice President & President-Life Sciences Segment

Yes. So both products are in process right now at FDA, so we would expect both of those products to be on the market in the U.S. in Q3 or Q4. We're very encouraged by the growth that we're seeing in Europe with the expanded menu.

Vincent A. Forlenza - Chairman, President & Chief Executive Officer

Yeah. And then, of course, Barricor, which we mentioned on our last call.

Now, coming back to the investment on the medical device tax, I think it's an opportunity for us to really accelerate the strategies that we've articulated to you, both in Medication Management and on the Life Science side. I would say, they're both the core business, as we continue to elaborate things like Kiestra and drive that into the marketplace, and drive the genomics stuff that we just started. I think we're in a situation where a lot of these things haven't launched yet, but they launch over the next couple of years. So thanks, Brian, for the question.

Operator

Thank you. Your next question is from Jon Groberg of UBS.

Jonathan Groberg - UBS Securities LLC

Great. Thanks a million and congratulations. Can I just maybe – one kind of clarification and then a quick question. So I'll just put them to you here. But one on China, I guess maybe, Vince or Linda, can you maybe talk a little bit more on the Life Sciences weakness on the auditing of large capital purchases? It seems like about 12 months later than what most Life Science companies have been seeing. Most of them saw it a year ago and reported pretty good results in China this year. So I'm just curious why you think you're seeing those delays more significantly than others in the Life Sciences space.

And then I just wondered on the new products on Totalys, I think in your presentation you have that's still launching in the U.S. in 2016, and just curious what you're seeing with that in Europe and whether that's still on track for 2016. Thanks.

Vincent A. Forlenza - Chairman, President & Chief Executive Officer

Sure. So, Linda, do you want to take that?

Linda Tharby - Executive Vice President & President-Life Sciences Segment

Yeah. So maybe on your first question on why the delay in China. If you'll recall, we mentioned last year that we signed an exclusive partnership with Bruker on the ID side in China specifically. So as we were putting those instruments into the market, really starting in our first quarter fiscal year 2015, we had expectations on those that, clearly, in the first quarter, we saw that the overall number of tenders being issued were not at the level that we were expecting. So that would explain the delay because of the Bruker exclusivity. We are seeing, though, very good progress, competitively, in that space with now a more expanded solution to offer.

And then, as you note, we are seeing great performance ex-U.S. now with the more expanded platform that includes our Totalys and FocalPoint System for a full liquid cytology solution. So we saw this quarter high double-digit growth ex-U.S. on those platforms, and the anticipated launch date for us in the U.S. is in FY 2016. I don't have the exact quarter sitting in front of me but...

Vincent A. Forlenza - Chairman, President & Chief Executive Officer

Later in the year, anyway.

Linda Tharby - Executive Vice President & President-Life Sciences Segment

Yeah, Q3 would be a safe bet for us.

Operator

Thank you. Your next question is from Vijay Kumar of Evercore ISI.

Vijay Kumar - Evercore ISI

Hey, guys. Thanks for taking my question. Just maybe going back on the guidance, I wanted to make sure sort of we have the math right. So it looks like the reported revenues came down by 300 basis points, but the implicit assumption on the recreation of EPS and I guess the op margins are going to come up at the high end of the guidance range. I wanted to make sure I got that right. And when you look at below the line, I think other income, you had some hedging gains. Why would those sort of gains reverse in the back half? Thank you.

Christopher R. Reidy - Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer & Chief Administrative Officer

Okay. So I think I got you right. Yes, operating margins have been increased in the back half of the year. When we look at the Q1 compared to expectations, I think what we're seeing is, as you pointed out, favorable gross margin performance in the first quarter, favorable timing of expenses as well, and then below the line, there's a little bit in tax rate. So the 21.5% is a little bit better than expectations, and we see that flowing through to the total year. We were slightly better in interest income and slightly less in interest expense. You put all those things in, and that flows through to the full year. Of course, it's overwhelmed by the items that I talked about with the oil prices being down will benefit the second half of the year, as well as the sale of BD Rx. So you put all that together and we get to the $9.01 to $9.08 and the $8.37 to $8.44 all-in with FX.

Vincent A. Forlenza - Chairman, President & Chief Executive Officer

Okay, thanks.

Operator

Thank you. Your next question is from Richard Newitter of Leerink Partners.

Rich S. Newitter - Leerink Partners LLC

Thanks for taking the question. Just wanted to ask, actually, two quick ones. One, is the full med tech tax reversal benefit getting reinvested, so it's just a swap between SG&A? Are you allowing some flow-through?

And then the second question is what would you expect the kind of adjusted China growth rate to be if you kind of looked at it the way you had – you said low teens, I think, in the past two quarters, if you back out the inventory?

Christopher R. Reidy - Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer & Chief Administrative Officer

Okay. So on medical device tax, just to put it in perspective, last year we had about – or in our budget, we had about $60 million for the full year. Don't forget, we only pick up three-quarters of that this year. So that's about $45 million. Right now, we have about a third of that being executed against. The other two-thirds, we're still getting the projects in place, and we do fully expect to spend that this year. There might be a little bit of timing issue. Obviously, in the month of January, we're getting the benefit, and we're only executing on the one-third. So we'll probably just naturally pick up a little bit in timing but not a lot. And that's already in the guidance. But we fully expect to reinvest and we want to reinvest, and we're going through that process now.

And then the second question was China. I think that I'd bring you back to – if you adjust for the difficult compare in the first quarter and you adjust for the inventory adjustments that we took in Life Sciences, it brings you back up to a double-digit number in China.

Vincent A. Forlenza - Chairman, President & Chief Executive Officer

And we said low double digits for the year.

Christopher R. Reidy - Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer & Chief Administrative Officer

Yeah, the full year is low double digits. And we get the benefit of a little bit of easier compare.

Vincent A. Forlenza - Chairman, President & Chief Executive Officer

Easier compares and a little bit of momentum out of some CareFusion products.

Operator

Thank you. Your next question is from Doug Schenkel of Cowen & Company.

Doug Schenkel - Cowen & Co. LLC

Hey, good morning, guys.

Vincent A. Forlenza - Chairman, President & Chief Executive Officer

Good morning, Doug.

Doug Schenkel - Cowen & Co. LLC

So the U.S. Bioscience revenue growth moderated sequentially from I think around 15% year-over-year last quarter to around 6% year-over-year this quarter. Recognizing that comparison was a bit more difficult relative to the prior quarter, the moderation seems to be a bit more material than we would've expected, just given what we've seen from Life Science tools peers. Others have talked about academic/government starting to pick up. It sounds like biopharma continues to be strong.

So with all that said, two questions. One, can you describe what you saw in the quarter in terms of demand from biopharma and academic/government in the U.S.? And two, what's embedded into your guidance for contributions from new products and the potential benefit associated with a more robust NIH budget? Thank you.

Vincent A. Forlenza - Chairman, President & Chief Executive Officer

Okay.

Linda Tharby - Executive Vice President & President-Life Sciences Segment

Okay, so that was a multi-part question. Let me see if I can get at this. So, first, let me just comment on the performance of the U.S. business. The U.S. Biosciences business continues to do very well. We did mention that in first quarter 2015, we had a tough jump over. We had high double-digit growth, primarily in our research instrument base. So we still managed to grow off that base, but it was a difficult compare.

So for this quarter, we did see very good growth in our biopharma side, particularly in our advanced bioprocessing business, a business we do not talk about a lot, but is doing very, very well for us. So that was a tremendous area of growth. And then, as we've been talking about for the past several quarters, led by the U.S., our total research solutions platform now, we feel very good about the prospects for that business. Of course, this past quarter launching both FACSSymphony and FACSCelesta, we think across the range of low-, mid- and high-end analyzers now, combined with our Sirigen platform, so really, now, starting to work out that full solution between our instrument base and our solutions base. We see the U.S. research market as being an area that has, if you look at our last quarter report – was very strong for us, and an area moving forward that is in our guidance.

Vincent A. Forlenza - Chairman, President & Chief Executive Officer

How do you feel about new products, Linda? I know you can't exactly quantify it but...

Linda Tharby - Executive Vice President & President-Life Sciences Segment

Yeah, so new products overall, starting with Biosciences, the research solutions piece, feel very strong about the genomics side, of course, coming with our full launches on both the GenCell side and Cellular Research coming this quarter so excited about that. And then, of course, PAS with their new products and DS with the expansion of the MAX menu, we're really starting to see these kick in.

Vincent A. Forlenza - Chairman, President & Chief Executive Officer

So we should start to see some traction in the back half of the year, basically. Okay. Thanks.

Operator

Thank you. Your next question is from Derik De Bruin of Bank of America.

Derik De Bruin - Bank of America Merrill Lynch

Hi, good morning.

Christopher R. Reidy - Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer & Chief Administrative Officer

Good morning.

Vincent A. Forlenza - Chairman, President & Chief Executive Officer

Good morning, Derik.

Derik De Bruin - Bank of America Merrill Lynch

So could you talk a little bit about sort of looking at the overall portfolio? I mean you've trimmed Simplist and there's been some talk about respiratory earlier on in the process of maybe doing something with that. Has that business rebounded to the point now where you feel comfortable with it that it's – you feel it was part of the portfolio and it's not potentially a divestiture candidate?

Vincent A. Forlenza - Chairman, President & Chief Executive Officer

So what I would tell you about respiratory is we're running it like – we own this business so we run it to optimize the business, like we do with all of our businesses. Having said that, we are proceeding with our strategic analysis of that business. I would tell you we are making some progress on that, but we're not to the finish line yet. There are a couple of other small pieces that we're continuing to work on also, in terms of that strategic review process and you'll hear more from us as we move forward.

Operator

Thank you. Today's final question is coming from Kristen Stewart of Deutsche Bank.

Vincent A. Forlenza - Chairman, President & Chief Executive Officer

They let you back in, Kristen.

Kristen M. Stewart - Deutsche Bank Securities, Inc.

Hi, thanks. Sorry to miss you there before. Technical glitch. I was just wondering if you could expand a little bit more upon the relationship with Fresenius over the solutions and also if there's any additional updates on the CME relationship with the pumps, and anything about bringing that in-house to BD and the timing of launch that that could go into emerging markets?

Vincent A. Forlenza - Chairman, President & Chief Executive Officer

Go ahead, Tom.

Thomas Polen - President-Medical Segment & Executive Vice President

Hey, Kristen. This is Tom. Let me start off with the Fresenius one then I'll address the CME. So we're very pleased, obviously, with the long-term collaboration that we've entered into with Fresenius for a broad line of IV solutions in the U.S. marketplace. We certainly see that this opportunity is aligned with our customers' feedback to have additional options available to them and how they buy IV solutions. And we expect to begin launching that line in the very back half of FY 2016. So I think that's probably the most to say about that there, but we see it very much in line in supporting and helping to advance our overall Medication Management strategy. And we've gotten very positive feedback from customers after that announcement.

Related to CME, we do sell CME products in certain markets today, primarily in Europe. No new news to update in terms of an acquisition or integration of CME into BD. As you know, we already own 40% of CME and we've talked about options of that going forward. No new news to share there. We continue to promote and grow their products though in the markets, particularly in Europe, that we have had since the beginning of the year.

Operator

Your final question is from Brandon Couillard of Jefferies.

Brandon Couillard - Jefferies LLC

Thanks for squeezing me in. Just one more for Linda. Any chance you could give us an update on where BD MAX stands in terms of its global installed base and remind us of the number of tests available on the menu and to what extent is the LDT capability contributing to growth?

Linda Tharby - Executive Vice President & President-Life Sciences Segment

Okay. So on the overall MAX platform, in terms of overall numbers of placements, I'm not going to go into the overall number for the quarter, but safe to say that our total overall global systems now are close to 1,000 placements overall on a global basis.

In terms of the menu, of course, the expansions that we saw on the menu in both enterics and CT/GC, what we're seeing now in Europe is very strong double-digit growth and very positive feedback from our U.S. customer base, again starting to see very good growth and placements on our MAX System. And of course, when we get the CT/GC and vaginitis, we're anticipating stronger growth there.

On the LDT side, in terms of what we see in terms of opportunity for us moving forward, are you speaking about the...

Vincent A. Forlenza - Chairman, President & Chief Executive Officer

Open channel.

Linda Tharby - Executive Vice President & President-Life Sciences Segment

Yeah. So for us, we see that in Europe being a great advantage. European customers are really adapting that as a strong advantage. And in the U.S., again, it's seen as an area for us versus our competition that really differentiates MAX. So great opportunity for us. I would say that the big opportunity that we see is with the differentiated menu that we're already seeing on the enterics and we look forward to on the CT/GC and vaginitis.

Vincent A. Forlenza - Chairman, President & Chief Executive Officer

Thanks, Linda. Okay.

Operator

Thank you. With that, I'll turn the floor back to Vince Forlenza for closing remarks.

Vincent A. Forlenza - Chairman, President & Chief Executive Officer

Well, thank you very much for all of your questions. We are very pleased to update you on our quarterly results and to raise our FX-neutral EPS guidance. We look forward to updating you as the year progresses. Thanks very much.

Christopher R. Reidy - Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer & Chief Administrative Officer

Thanks, everyone.

Vincent A. Forlenza - Chairman, President & Chief Executive Officer

Thanks a lot.

Operator

Thank you. This does conclude today's teleconference. Please disconnect your lines at this time and have a wonderful day.

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