Abbott second-quarter profit surges as medical device sales rebound
July 22 (Reuters) – Abbott Laboratories’ (ABT.N) quarterly profit more than doubled on Thursday, due to strength in its diagnostics business and a rebound in medical device sales.
The medical device maker and its rivals, Quest Diagnostics (DGX.N) and Becton Dickinson and Co (BDX.N), banked on soaring sales of COVID-19 tests last year to cushion a lockdown-driven hit to their mainstay businesses.
But with curbs lifted and vaccinations gathering pace, demand for medical devices is returning as more people opt for non-urgent procedures.
Second-quarter sales in Abbott’s diagnostics business grew nearly 63% to $3.25 billion, with COVID-19 testing-related sales at $1.3 billion, down from the previous quarter.
The company recorded sales growth of more than 11%, excluding COVID testing, on an organic basis in the quarter compared to pre-pandemic levels.
It maintained its 2021 adjusted earnings forecast of $4.30 to $4.50 per share from continuing operations.
The company’s net earnings rose to $1.19 billion, or 66 cents per share, in the quarter ended June 30, from $537 million, or 30 cents per share, a year earlier.
Reporting by Amruta Khandekar and Manojna Maddipatla in Bengaluru; Editing by Shailesh Kuber
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