Abbott Laboratories (ABT:US), the largest maker of heart stents and adult nutritional beverages, said first-quarter profit beat estimates on rising demand for diagnostic tests and reduced costs.
Profit excluding one-time items of 41 cents a share beat the 36 cent average of 19 analyst estimates compiled by Bloomberg.
Revenue (BSX:US) fell to $5.2 billion from $5.38 billion a year earlier, hurt by unfavorable foreign exchange rates. Sales of diagnostic and laboratory tests were the bright spot for Abbott during the quarter, the only division that posted increases.
Net income fell 31 percent to $375 million, or 24 cents a share, from $544.7 million, or 34 cents, a year earlier, the Abbott Park, Illinois-based company said in a statement.
The company confirmed its 2014 earnings (BSX:US) forecast excluding one-time items for the year of $2.16 to $2.26.
The drug business was split off into a new company, AbbVie Inc., based in North Chicago, Illinois, on Jan. 1, 2013. Abbott retained the original company’s medical devices, nutritional products, diagnostic tests and generic drugs.
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