IQVIA Reports First-Quarter 2023 Results; Reaffirms Full-Year 2023 Guidance

Revenue of $3,652 million

GAAP Net Income of $289 million, Adjusted EBITDA of $851 million

GAAP Diluted Earnings per Share of $1.53, Adjusted Diluted Earnings per Share of $2.45

R&D Solutions quarterly bookings of $2.6 billion, representing book-to-bill ratio of 1.28x

R&D Solutions contracted backlog of $27.9 billion grew 10.1 percent year-over-year and 11.3 percent excluding the impact of foreign exchange

Reaffirms full-year 2023 guidance

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–IQVIA Holdings Inc. (“IQVIA”) (NYSE:IQV), a leading global provider of advanced analytics, technology solutions, and clinical research services to the life sciences industry, today reported financial results for the quarter ended March 31, 2023.

First-Quarter 2023 Operating Results

Revenue for the first quarter of $3,652 million increased 2.4 percent on a reported basis and 4.7 percent at constant currency, compared to the first quarter of 2022. Technology & Analytics Solutions (TAS) revenue of $1,444 million grew 0.3 percent on a reported basis and 2.9 percent at constant currency. Research & Development Solutions (R&DS) revenue of $2,026 million grew 4.8 percent on a reported basis and 6.5 percent at constant currency. Excluding the impact of pass throughs, R&DS revenue grew 3.1 percent on a reported basis. Contract Sales & Medical Solutions (CSMS) revenue of $182 million decreased 6.7 percent on a reported basis and 1.0 percent at constant currency.

As of March 31, 2023, R&DS contracted backlog, including reimbursed expenses, was $27.9 billion, growing 10.1 percent year-over-year and 11.3 percent at constant currency. The company expects approximately $7.3 billion of this backlog to convert to revenue in the next twelve months. The first-quarter book-to-bill ratio was 1.28x. For the twelve months ended March 31, 2023, the book-to-bill ratio was 1.35x.

“IQVIA delivered another quarter of strong operational and financial results, including strong underlying revenue growth, margins and cashflow,” said Ari Bousbib, chairman and CEO of IQVIA. “Industry demand remains healthy, as reflected in our $2.6 billion of bookings in the quarter and record RFP flow. While there continues to be some customer cautiousness in discretionary spending, the scale of our business, the breath of our differentiated offerings, and the resilience of our long cycle business support our strong underlying organic growth momentum.”

First-quarter GAAP Net Income was $289 million, and GAAP Diluted Earnings per Share was $1.53. Adjusted Net Income was $462 million, and Adjusted Diluted Earnings per Share was $2.45. Adjusted EBITDA was $851 million.

Financial Position

As of March 31, 2023, cash and cash equivalents were $1,494 million and debt was $13,176 million, resulting in net debt of $11,682 million. IQVIA’s Net Leverage Ratio was 3.45x trailing twelve-month Adjusted EBITDA. For the first quarter, Operating Cash Flow was $417 million and Free Cash Flow was $253 million.

Share Repurchase

During the first quarter of 2023, the company repurchased $129 million of its common stock. IQVIA had $1,226 million of share repurchase authorization remaining as of March 31, 2023.

Full-Year 2023 Guidance

The company’s guidance for full-year 2023 is unchanged. The company reaffirms its revenue range of $15,150 million to $15,400 million, representing growth of 5.1 to 6.9 percent on a reported basis and 4.7 to 6.5 percent at constant currency. This revenue guidance continues to assume about 100 basis points of contribution from acquisitions and approximately $600 million of COVID-related revenue step down versus 2022. The guidance represents 9 to 11 percent revenue growth at constant currency excluding acquisitions and COVID-related work. The company is also reaffirming its Adjusted EBITDA guidance range of $3,625 million to $3,695 million, representing growth of 8.3 to 10.4 percent, and reaffirming its Adjusted Diluted EPS guidance range of $10.26 to $10.56, up 1.0 to 3.9 percent on a reported basis. This Adjusted Diluted Earnings per Share guidance includes the year-over-year impact of the step-up in interest rates and the increase in the UK corporate tax rate. Together, these non-operational items impact the year-over-year growth rate by approximately 10 percentage points. Excluding these items, Adjusted Diluted Earnings per Share is expected to grow 11 to 14 percent.

All financial guidance assumes foreign currency exchange rates as of April 25, 2023 remain in effect for the forecast period.

Webcast & Conference Call Details

IQVIA will host a conference call at 9:00 a.m. Eastern Time today to discuss its first-quarter 2023 results and its second-quarter and full-year 2023 guidance. To listen to the event and view the presentation slides via webcast, join from the IQVIA Investor Relations website at http://ir.iqvia.com. To participate in the conference call, interested parties must register in advance by clicking on this link. Following registration, participants will receive a confirmation email containing details on how to join the conference call, including the dial-in and a unique passcode and registrant ID. At the time of the live event, registered participants connect to the call using the information provided in the confirmation email and will be placed directly into the call.

About IQVIA

IQVIA (NYSE:IQV) is a leading global provider of advanced analytics, technology solutions, and clinical research services to the life sciences industry. IQVIA creates intelligent connections across all aspects of healthcare through its analytics, transformative technology, big data resources and extensive domain expertise. IQVIA Connected Intelligence™ delivers powerful insights with speed and agility — enabling customers to accelerate the clinical development and commercialization of innovative medical treatments that improve healthcare outcomes for patients. With approximately 87,000 employees, IQVIA conducts operations in more than 100 countries.

IQVIA is a global leader in protecting individual patient privacy. The company uses a wide variety of privacy-enhancing technologies and safeguards to protect individual privacy while generating and analyzing information on a scale that helps healthcare stakeholders identify disease patterns and correlate with the precise treatment path and therapy needed for better outcomes. IQVIA’s insights and execution capabilities help biotech, medical device and pharmaceutical companies, medical researchers, government agencies, payers and other healthcare stakeholders tap into a deeper understanding of diseases, human behavior and scientific advances, in an effort to advance their path toward cures. To learn more, visit www.iqvia.com.

Cautionary Statements Regarding Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the federal securities laws, including Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, including, without limitation, our full-year 2023 guidance. In this context, forward-looking statements often address expected future business and financial performance and financial condition, and often contain words such as “expect,” “assume,” “anticipate,” “intend,” “plan,” “forecast,” “believe,” “seek,” “see,” “will,” “would,” “target,” similar expressions, and variations or negatives of these words that are intended to identify forward-looking statements, although not all forward-looking statements contain these identifying words. Actual results may differ materially from our expectations due to a number of factors, including, but not limited to, the following: business disruptions caused by natural disasters, pandemics such as the COVID-19 (coronavirus) outbreak, including any variants, and the public health policy responses to the outbreak, international conflicts or other disruptions outside of our control such as the current situation in Ukraine and Russia; our ability to accurately model or forecast the impact of the spread and/or containment of COVID-19, including any variants, among other sources of business interruption, on our operations and financial results; most of our contracts may be terminated on short notice, and we may lose or experience delays with large client contracts or be unable to enter into new contracts; the market for our services may not grow as we expect; we may be unable to successfully develop and market new services or enter new markets; imposition of restrictions on our use of data by data suppliers or their refusal to license data to us; any failure by us to comply with contractual, regulatory or ethical requirements under our contracts, including current or changes to data protection and privacy laws; breaches or misuse of our or our outsourcing partners’ security or communications systems; failure to meet our productivity or business transformation objectives; failure to successfully invest in growth opportunities; our ability to protect our intellectual property rights and our susceptibility to claims by others that we are infringing on their intellectual property rights; the expiration or inability to acquire third party licenses for technology or intellectual property; any failure by us to accurately and timely price and formulate cost estimates for contracts, or to document change orders; hardware and software failures, delays in the operation of our computer and communications systems or the failure to implement system enhancements; the rate at which our backlog converts to revenue; our ability to acquire, develop and implement technology necessary for our business; consolidation in the industries in which our clients operate; risks related to client or therapeutic concentration; government regulators or our customers may limit the number or scope of indications for medicines and treatments or withdraw products from the market, and government regulators may impose new regulatory requirements or may adopt new regulations affecting the biopharmaceutical industry; the risks associated with operating on a global basis, including currency or exchange rate fluctuations and legal compliance, including anti-corruption laws; risks related to changes in accounting standards; general economic conditions in the markets in which we operate, including financial market conditions, inflation, and risks related to sales to government entities; the impact of changes in tax laws and regulations; and our ability to successfully integrate, and achieve expected benefits from, our acquired businesses. For a further discussion of the risks relating to our business, see the “Risk Factors” in our annual report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2022, filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”), as such factors may be amended or updated from time to time in our subsequent periodic and other filings with the SEC, which are accessible on the SEC’s website at www.sec.gov. These factors should not be construed as exhaustive and should be read in conjunction with the other cautionary statements that are included in this release and in our filings with the SEC. We assume no obligation to update any such forward-looking statement after the date of this release, whether as a result of new information, future developments or otherwise.

Note on Non-GAAP Financial Measures

This release includes information based on financial measures that are not recognized under generally accepted accounting principles in the United States (“GAAP”), such as Adjusted EBITDA, Adjusted Net Income, Adjusted Diluted Earnings per Share, and Free Cash Flow. Non-GAAP financial measures are presented only as a supplement to the company’s financial statements based on GAAP. Non-GAAP financial information is provided to enhance understanding of the company’s financial performance, but none of these non-GAAP financial measures are recognized terms under GAAP, and non-GAAP measures should not be considered in isolation from, or as a substitute analysis for, the company’s results of operations as determined in accordance with GAAP. The company uses non-GAAP measures in its operational and financial decision making, and believes that it is useful to exclude certain items in order to focus on what it regards to be a more meaningful indicator of the underlying operating performance of the business. For example, the Company excludes all the amortization of intangible assets associated with acquired customer relationships and backlog, databases, non-compete agreements and trademarks, trade names and other from non-GAAP expense and income measures as such amounts can be significantly impacted by the timing and size of acquisitions. Although we exclude amortization of acquired intangible assets from our non-GAAP expenses, we believe that it is important for investors to understand that revenue generated from such intangibles is included within revenue in determining net income attributable to IQVIA Holdings Inc. As a result, internal management reports feature non-GAAP measures which are also used to prepare strategic plans and annual budgets and review management compensation. The company also believes that investors may find non-GAAP financial measures useful for the same reasons, although investors are cautioned that non-GAAP financial measures are not a substitute for GAAP disclosures.

The non-GAAP financial measures are not presented in accordance with GAAP. Please refer to the schedules attached to this release for reconciliations of non-GAAP financial measures contained herein to the most directly comparable GAAP measures. Our full-year 2023 guidance measures (other than revenue) are provided on a non-GAAP basis without a reconciliation to the most directly comparable GAAP measure because the company is unable to predict with a reasonable degree of certainty certain items contained in the GAAP measures without unreasonable efforts. Such items include, but are not limited to, acquisition related expenses, restructuring and related expenses, stock-based compensation and other items not reflective of the company’s ongoing operations.

Non-GAAP measures are frequently used by securities analysts, investors and other interested parties in their evaluation of companies comparable to the company, many of which present non-GAAP measures when reporting their results. Non-GAAP measures have limitations as an analytical tool. They are not presentations made in accordance with GAAP, are not measures of financial condition or liquidity and should not be considered as an alternative to profit or loss for the period determined in accordance with GAAP or operating cash flows determined in accordance with GAAP. Non-GAAP measures are not necessarily comparable to similarly titled measures used by other companies. As a result, you should not consider such performance measures in isolation from, or as a substitute analysis for, the company’s results of operations as determined in accordance with GAAP.

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Table 1

IQVIA HOLDINGS INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME

(preliminary and unaudited) 

 

 

Three Months Ended March 31,

(in millions, except per share data)

 

 

2023

 

 

 

2022

 

Revenues

 

$

3,652

 

 

$

3,568

 

Cost of revenues, exclusive of depreciation and amortization

 

 

2,398

 

 

 

2,323

 

Selling, general and administrative expenses

 

 

513

 

 

 

488

 

Depreciation and amortization

 

 

253

 

 

 

255

 

Restructuring costs

 

 

17

 

 

 

7

 

Income from operations

 

 

471

 

 

 

495

 

Interest income

 

 

(6

)

 

 

(1

)

Interest expense

 

 

141

 

 

 

86

 

Other (income) expense, net

 

 

(26

)

 

 

10

 

Income before income taxes and equity in losses of unconsolidated affiliates

 

 

362

 

 

 

400

 

Income tax expense

 

 

71

 

 

 

71

 

Income before equity in losses of unconsolidated affiliates

 

 

291

 

 

 

329

 

Equity in losses of unconsolidated affiliates

 

 

(2

)

 

 

(4

)

Net income

 

$

289

 

 

$

325

 

Earnings per share attributable to common stockholders:

 

 

 

 

Basic

 

$

1.56

 

 

$

1.71

 

Diluted

 

$

1.53

 

 

$

1.68

 

Weighted average common shares outstanding:

 

 

 

 

Basic

 

 

185.8

 

 

 

190.0

 

Diluted

 

 

188.6

 

 

 

193.4

 

 

 

 

Table 2

IQVIA HOLDINGS INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

(preliminary and unaudited) 

(in millions, except per share data)

 

March 31, 2023

 

December 31, 2022

ASSETS

 

 

 

 

Current assets:

 

 

 

 

Cash and cash equivalents

 

$

1,494

 

 

$

1,216

 

Trade accounts receivable and unbilled services, net

 

 

3,063

 

 

 

2,917

 

Prepaid expenses

 

 

165

 

 

 

151

 

Income taxes receivable

 

 

42

 

 

 

43

 

Investments in debt, equity and other securities

 

 

104

 

 

 

93

 

Other current assets and receivables

 

 

460

 

 

 

561

 

Total current assets

 

 

5,328

 

 

 

4,981

 

Property and equipment, net

 

 

520

 

 

 

532

 

Operating lease right-of-use assets

 

 

325

 

 

 

331

 

Investments in debt, equity and other securities

 

 

102

 

 

 

68

 

Investments in unconsolidated affiliates

 

 

99

 

 

 

94

 

Goodwill

 

 

14,015

 

 

 

13,921

 

Other identifiable intangibles, net

 

 

4,757

 

 

 

4,820

 

Deferred income taxes

 

 

125

 

 

 

118

 

Deposits and other assets, net

 

 

468

 

 

 

472

 

Total assets

 

$

25,739

 

 

$

25,337

 

LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY

 

 

 

 

Current liabilities:

 

 

 

 

Accounts payable and accrued expenses

 

$

3,143

 

 

$

3,316

 

Unearned income

 

 

1,827

 

 

 

1,797

 

Income taxes payable

 

 

187

 

 

 

161

 

Current portion of long-term debt

 

 

1,343

 

 

 

152

 

Other current liabilities

 

 

157

 

 

 

152

 

Total current liabilities

 

 

6,657

 

 

 

5,578

 

Long-term debt, less current portion

 

 

11,833

 

 

 

12,595

 

Deferred income taxes

 

 

421

 

 

 

464

 

Operating lease liabilities

 

 

255

 

 

 

264

 

Other liabilities

 

 

641

 

 

 

671

 

Total liabilities

 

 

19,807

 

 

 

19,572

 

Commitments and contingencies

 

 

 

 

Stockholders’ equity:

 

 

 

 

Common stock and additional paid-in capital, 400.0 shares authorized as of March 31, 2023 and December 31, 2022, $0.01 par value, 256.9 shares issued and 185.5 shares outstanding as of March 31, 2023; 256.4 shares issued and 185.7 shares outstanding as of December 31, 2022

 

 

10,909

 

 

 

10,898

 

Retained earnings

 

 

3,623

 

 

 

3,334

 

Treasury stock, at cost, 71.4 and 70.7 shares as of March 31, 2023 and December 31, 2022, respectively

 

 

(7,869

)

 

 

(7,740

)

Accumulated other comprehensive loss

 

 

(731

)

 

 

(727

)

Total stockholders’ equity

 

 

5,932

 

 

 

5,765

 

Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity

 

$

25,739

 

 

$

25,337

 

 

 

 

Table 3

IQVIA HOLDINGS INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS

(preliminary and unaudited)

 

 

Three Months Ended March 31,

(in millions)

 

 

2023

 

 

 

2022

 

Operating activities:

 

 

 

 

Net income

 

$

289

 

 

$

325

 

Adjustments to reconcile net income to cash provided by operating activities:

 

 

 

 

Depreciation and amortization

 

 

253

 

 

 

255

 

Amortization of debt issuance costs and discount

 

 

4

 

 

 

4

 

Stock-based compensation

 

 

75

 

 

 

30

 

Losses from unconsolidated affiliates

 

 

2

 

 

 

4

 

(Gain) loss on investments, net

 

 

(4

)

 

 

11

 

Benefit from deferred income taxes

 

 

(27

)

 

 

(10

)

Changes in operating assets and liabilities:

 

 

 

 

Change in accounts receivable, unbilled services and unearned income

 

 

(107

)

 

 

54

 

Change in other operating assets and liabilities

 

 

(68

)

 

 

(165

)

Net cash provided by operating activities

 

 

417

 

 

 

508

 

Investing activities:

 

 

 

 

Acquisition of property, equipment and software

 

 

(164

)

 

 

(177

)

Acquisition of businesses, net of cash acquired

 

 

(18

)

 

 

(430

)

Purchases of marketable securities, net

 

 

(4

)

 

 

(3

)

Investments in unconsolidated affiliates, net of payments received

 

 

(7

)

 

 

(6

)

Investments in debt and equity securities

 

 

(36

)

 

 

 

Other

 

 

7

 

 

 

3

 

Net cash used in investing activities

 

 

(222

)

 

 

(613

)

Financing activities:

 

 

 

 

Repayment of debt and principal payments on finance leases

 

 

(39

)

 

 

(24

)

Proceeds from revolving credit facility

 

 

475

 

 

 

950

 

Repayment of revolving credit facility

 

 

(100

)

 

 

(300

)

Payments related to employee stock option plans

 

 

(58

)

 

 

(67

)

Repurchase of common stock

 

 

(129

)

 

 

(403

)

Contingent consideration and deferred purchase price payments

 

 

(62

)

 

 

(12

)

Net cash provided by financing activities

 

 

87

 

 

 

144

 

Effect of foreign currency exchange rate changes on cash

 

 

(4

)

 

 

(18

)

Increase in cash and cash equivalents

 

 

278

 

 

 

21

 

Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period

 

 

1,216

 

 

 

1,366

 

Cash and cash equivalents at end of period

 

$

1,494

 

 

$

1,387

 

 
 

 
 

 
 

Table 4

IQVIA HOLDINGS INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

NET INCOME TO ADJUSTED EBITDA RECONCILIATION

(preliminary and unaudited)

 

 

 

Three Months Ended March 31,

(in millions)

 

2023

 

2022

Net Income

 

$

289

 

 

$

325

 

Provision for income taxes

 

 

71

 

 

 

71

 

Depreciation and amortization

 

 

253

 

 

 

255

 

Interest expense, net

 

 

135

 

 

 

85

 

Loss in unconsolidated affiliates

 

 

2

 

 

 

4

 

Deferred revenue purchase accounting adjustments

 

 

 

 

 

1

 

Stock-based compensation

 

 

75

 

 

 

30

 

Other (income) expense, net (1)

 

 

(15

)

 

 

11

 

Restructuring and related expenses (2)

 

 

30

 

 

 

18

 

Acquisition related expenses

 

 

11

 

 

 

12

 

Adjusted EBITDA

 

$

851

 

 

$

812

 

(1)

Reflects certain non-operating income items, revaluations of contingent consideration and certain non-recurring expenses

(2)

Reflects restructuring costs as well as accelerated expenses related to lease exits. 

 

 

 

Table 5

IQVIA HOLDINGS INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

NET INCOME TO ADJUSTED NET INCOME RECONCILIATION

(preliminary and unaudited)

 

 

 

Three Months Ended March 31,

(in millions, except per share data)

 

 

2023

 

 

 

2022

 

Net Income

 

$

289

 

 

$

325

 

Provision for income taxes

 

 

71

 

 

 

71

 

Purchase accounting amortization (1)

 

 

123

 

 

 

134

 

Loss in unconsolidated affiliates

 

 

2

 

 

 

4

 

Deferred revenue purchase accounting adjustments

 

 

 

 

 

1

 

Stock-based compensation

 

 

75

 

 

 

30

 

Other (income) expense, net (2)

 

 

(15

)

 

 

11

 

Restructuring and related expenses (3)

 

 

30

 

 

 

18

 

Acquisition related expenses

 

 

11

 

 

 

12

 

Adjusted Pre Tax Income

 

$

586

 

 

$

606

 

Adjusted tax expense

 

 

(124

)

 

 

(129

)

Adjusted Net Income

 

$

462

 

 

$

477

 

 

 

 

 

 

Adjusted earnings per share attributable to common stockholders:

 

 

 

 

Basic

 

$

2.49

 

 

$

2.51

 

Diluted

 

$

2.45

 

 

$

2.47

 

Weighted average common shares outstanding:

 

 

 

 

Basic

 

 

185.8

 

 

 

190.0

 

Diluted

 

 

188.6

 

 

 

193.4

 

(1)

Reflects all the amortization of acquired intangible assets. 

(2)

Reflects certain non-operating income items, revaluations of contingent consideration and certain non-recurring expenses. 

(3)

Reflects restructuring costs as well as accelerated expenses related to lease exits. 

 

 

 

Table 6

IQVIA HOLDINGS INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

NET CASH PROVIDED BY OPERATING ACTIVITIES TO FREE CASH FLOW RECONCILIATION

(preliminary and unaudited) 

 

 

Three Months Ended

March 31,

(in millions)

 

 

2023

 

Net Cash provided by Operating Activities

 

$

417

 

Acquisition of property, equipment and software

 

 

(164

)

Free Cash Flow

 

$

253

 

 
 

 
 

 
 

Table 7

IQVIA HOLDINGS INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

CALCULATION OF GROSS AND NET LEVERAGE RATIOS

AS OF MARCH 31, 2023

(preliminary and unaudited)

 

(in millions)

 

 

Gross Debt, net of Unamortized Discount and Debt Issuance Costs, as of March 31, 2023

 

$

13,176

 

Net Debt as of March 31, 2023

 

$

11,682

 

Adjusted EBITDA for the twelve months ended March 31, 2023

 

$

3,385

 

Gross Leverage Ratio (Gross Debt/LTM Adjusted EBITDA)

 

3.89x

Net Leverage Ratio (Net Debt/LTM Adjusted EBITDA)

 

3.45x

 
 

 
 

 

Contacts

Nick Childs, IQVIA Investor Relations ([email protected])

+1.973.316.3828

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