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CVS Caremark Reports Record First Quarter Results
2012 GUIDANCE RAISED TO REFLECT STRONG PERFORMANCE TO DATE AND THE ANTICIPATED SECOND QUARTER BENEFIT OF THE CONTINUING IMPASSE BETWEEN INDUSTRY PEERS

WOONSOCKET, R.I., May 2, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- CVS Caremark Corporation (NYSE: CVS) today announced revenues, operating profit and net income for the three months ended March 31, 2012.

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First Quarter and Year-Over-Year Highlights:

  • Net revenues increased 19.9% to a record $30.8 billion, with Pharmacy Services up 32.3% and Retail Pharmacy up 9.9%
  • Retail Pharmacy segment same stores sales increased 8.4%
  • Adjusted EPS of $0.65, up 14.7%; GAAP diluted EPS from continuing operations of $0.59
  • Generated free cash flow of $2.4 billion; cash flow from operations of $2.8 billion

2012 Guidance:

  • Raised full-year Adjusted EPS guidance to $3.23 to $3.33 and GAAP diluted EPS from continuing operations guidance to $3.01 to $3.11  
  • Set second quarter Adjusted EPS guidance of $0.78 to $0.80 and GAAP diluted EPS from continuing operations guidance of $0.72 to $0.74
  • Reconfirmed full-year free cash flow guidance of $4.6 to $4.9 billion and cash flow from operations of $6.2 to $6.4 billion  

Revenues

Net revenues for the three months ended March 31, 2012, increased 19.9% or $5.1 billion, to $30.8 billion, up from $25.7 billion in the three months ended March 31, 2011.

Revenues in the Pharmacy Services segment increased 32.3% to $18.3 billion in the three months ended March 31, 2012. This increase was primarily associated with new activity resulting from our acquisition of the Medicare prescription drug plan of Universal American Corp. ("UAM Medicare PDP Business") in the second quarter of 2011, new client starts associated with our highly successful 2011 selling season, and drug cost inflation. Pharmacy network claims processed during the three months ended March 31, 2012, increased 25.9% to 198.5 million, compared to 157.7 million in the prior year period. The increase in pharmacy network claims was primarily due to the Company's 2011 acquisition of the UAM Medicare PDP Business, as well as new client starts. Mail choice claims processed during the three months ended March 31, 2012 increased approximately 16.6% to 20.4 million compared to 17.5 million in the prior year period. The increase in the mail choice claim volume was primarily driven by new client starts and the continued adoption of our Maintenance Choice® program.

Revenues in the Retail Pharmacy segment increased 9.9% to $16.0 billion in the three months ended March 31, 2012. Same store sales increased 8.4% over the prior year period, with pharmacy same store sales increasing 9.8% over the prior year period. This increase in pharmacy same store sales included a significant benefit associated with Walgreens no longer being part of the Express Scripts pharmacy provider network as of January 1, 2012. Calendar day shifts in the first quarter of 2012, which had one additional weekday compared with the same period in 2011, positively impacted pharmacy same store sales by approximately 50 basis points; while the extra day in 2012 due to leap year had a positive impact on pharmacy same store sales of approximately 75 basis points. Additionally, pharmacy same store prescription volumes rose 7.2% when 90-day scripts are counted as one script. When converting 90-day scripts into 3 scripts, our same store prescription volumes increased 9.2% in the quarter. Pharmacy same store sales were negatively impacted by approximately 305 basis points due to recent generic introductions. Pharmacy same store sales were also negatively impacted by a weak flu season, which was partially offset by the early onset of the allergy season. Front store same store sales increased 5.3% in the three months ended March 31, 2012, and were positively impacted by approximately 120 basis points from the one extra day due to leap year.

For the three months ended March 31, 2012, the generic dispensing rate increased approximately 270 basis points to 76.5% in our Pharmacy Services segment and 290 basis points to 78.1% in our Retail Pharmacy segment, compared to the prior year period.

Income from Continuing Operations Attributable to CVS Caremark

Income from continuing operations attributable to CVS Caremark for the three months ended March 31, 2012, increased $67 million to $777 million, compared with $710 million during the three months ended March 31, 2011. The increase in income from continuing operations attributable to CVS Caremark was primarily driven by an 18.4% increase in operating profit in our Retail Pharmacy segment. Our retail business benefited significantly from the continuing contractual impasse between Walgreens and Express Scripts, the extra day due to leap year, and the continued growth of our popular Maintenance Choice program. Additionally, effective January 1, 2012, the Company changed its methods of accounting for prescription drug inventories in the Retail Pharmacy segment, which resulted in an after tax benefit of approximately $19 million, or approximately one cent per share, during the first quarter. Adjusted earnings per share from continuing operations attributable to CVS Caremark ("Adjusted EPS") for the three months ended March 31, 2012 and 2011 was $0.65 and $0.57, respectively. Adjusted EPS excludes $118 million and $106 million of intangible asset amortization related to acquisition activity in the three months ended March 31, 2012 and 2011, respectively. GAAP earnings per diluted share from continuing operations attributable to CVS Caremark for the three months ended March 31, 2012 and 2011 was $0.59 and $0.52, respectively.

Larry Merlo, president and CEO, stated: "We posted an outstanding first quarter with strong results across the board. Results in both our retail and PBM segments came in at the high end of our guidance, while EPS exceeded expectations. We also generated $2.4 billion in free cash during the quarter, which places us comfortably on track to achieve our goal for the year."

Mr. Merlo continued, "Our retail team has done an outstanding job capitalizing on the unprecedented opportunity for share gains afforded to us by the impasse between two of our industry peers. At the same time, while it is still early in the 2013 PBM selling season, we're optimistic about the opportunities and continue to feel very good about our position in the marketplace. With our stable business and unmatched breadth of capabilities, we are very well positioned for success in the 2013 and 2014 selling seasons."

Real Estate Program

During the three months ended March 31, 2012, the Company opened 32 new retail drugstores and closed seven retail drugstores and one onsite pharmacy. In addition, the Company relocated 40 retail drugstores. As of March 31, 2012, the Company operated 7,428 locations, including 7,352 retail drugstores, 29 onsite pharmacies, 31 retail specialty pharmacy stores, 12 specialty mail order pharmacies and four mail order pharmacies in 44 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico.

Guidance

The Company raised its earnings guidance for the full year 2012 to reflect the solid first quarter performance and the anticipated benefit to second quarter results of approximately $0.03 to $0.04 per share from the continuing impasse between Walgreens and Express Scripts. The guidance adjustment reflects the potential estimated benefit if the stalemate continues only through the end of the second quarter and does not contemplate any potential benefit beyond the second quarter. Based on these assumptions, the Company currently expects to deliver Adjusted EPS of $3.23 to $3.33 and GAAP diluted earnings per share from continuing operations of $3.01 to $3.11 per share in 2012. The Company now expects the Retail Pharmacy segment's operating profit to increase between 10.5% and 12.5%, up from a range of 8.5% to 10.5%, while the Pharmacy Services segment's operating profit growth is still expected to increase between 11% and 15%. The Company reiterated its 2012 free cash flow guidance and expects to generate between $4.6 billion and $4.9 billion. Further, the Company confirmed that it expects to generate cash flow from operations in 2012 in the range of $6.2 billion to $6.4 billion. These 2012 guidance estimates assume the completion of $3.0 billion in previously authorized share repurchases.

Teleconference and Webcast

The Company will be holding a conference call today for the investment community at 8:30 am (EDT) to discuss its quarterly results. An audio webcast of the call will be broadcast simultaneously for all interested parties through the Investor Relations section of the CVS Caremark website at http://info.cvscaremark.com/investors. This webcast will be archived and available on the website for a one-year period following the conference call.

About the Company

CVS Caremark is dedicated to helping people on their path to better health as the largest integrated pharmacy company in the United States. Through the Company's more than 7,300 CVS/pharmacy® stores; its leading pharmacy benefit manager serving more than 60 million plan members; and its retail health clinic system, the largest in the nation with approximately 600 MinuteClinic® locations, it is a market leader in mail order, retail and specialty pharmacy, retail clinics, and Medicare Part D Prescription Drug Plans. As a pharmacy innovation company with an unmatched breadth of capabilities, CVS Caremark continually strives to improve health and lower costs by developing new approaches such as its unique Pharmacy Advisor® program that helps people with chronic diseases such as diabetes obtain and stay on their medications. Find more information about how CVS Caremark is reinventing pharmacy for better health at http://info.cvscaremark.com/.

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains certain forward-looking statements that are subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially. For these statements, the Company claims the protection of the safe harbor for forward-looking statements contained in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. The Company strongly recommends that you become familiar with the specific risks and uncertainties outlined under the Risk Factors section in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2011 and under the section entitled "Cautionary Statement Concerning Forward-Looking Statements" in our most recently filed Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q.


 

CVS CAREMARK CORPORATION
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Income
(Unaudited)




Three Months Ended


March 31,

In millions, except per share amounts

2012(1)


2011





Net revenues

$   30,798


$     25,695

Cost of revenues

25,685


20,953

Gross profit

5,113


4,742

Operating expenses

3,709


3,437

Operating profit

1,404


1,305

Interest expense, net

132


134

Income before income tax provision

1,272


1,171

Income tax provision

496


462

Income from continuing operations

776


709

Income (loss) from discontinued operations, net of tax

(1)


3

Net income

775


712

Net loss attributable to noncontrolling interest

1


1

Net income attributable to CVS Caremark

$         776


$           713





Income from continuing operations attributable to CVS Caremark:




Income from continuing operations

$         776


$           709

Net loss attributable to noncontrolling interest

1


1

Income from continuing operations attributable to CVS Caremark

$         777


$           710





Basic earnings per common share:

  Income from continuing operations attributable to CVS Caremark

$         0.60


 

$            0.52

    Income (loss) from discontinued operations attributable to CVS Caremark


    Net income attributable to CVS Caremark

$       0.60


$           0.52

    Weighted average basic common shares outstanding

1,299


1,362





Diluted earnings per common share:

Income from continuing operations attributable to CVS Caremark

$         0.59


$          0.52

    Income (loss) from discontinued operations attributable to CVS Caremark


    Net income attributable to CVS Caremark

$         0.59


$          0.52

    Weighted average diluted common shares outstanding

1,309


1,371





Dividends declared per common share

$   0.1625


$     0.1250

 

(1)     Effective January 1, 2012, the Company changed its methods of accounting for prescription drug inventories in the Retail Pharmacy segment. Additional details of this accounting change are discussed in Note 2 to the condensed consolidated financial statements included in the Company's Form 10-Q for the quarter ended March 31, 2012.


 

 

CVS CAREMARK CORPORATION
Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets
(Unaudited)






March 31,


December 31,

In millions, except per share amounts

2012(1)


2011

Assets:




    Cash and cash equivalents

$    2,211


$     1,413

    Short-term investments

5


5

    Accounts receivable, net

6,109


6,047

    Inventories

10,677


10,046

    Deferred income taxes

538


503

    Other current assets

351


580

       Total current assets

19,891


18,594

    Property and equipment, net

8,517


8,467

    Goodwill

26,431


26,458

    Intangible assets, net

9,799


9,869

    Other assets

1,368


1,155

       Total assets

$  66,006


$   64,543





Liabilities:




    Accounts payable

$    5,240


$     4,370

    Claims and discounts payable

3,661


3,487

    Accrued expenses

4,506


3,293

    Short-term debt


750

    Current portion of long-term debt

5


56

       Total current liabilities

13,412


11,956

    Long-term debt

9,206


9,208

    Deferred income taxes

3,875


3,853

    Other long-term liabilities

1,431


1,445

    Commitments and contingencies




    Redeemable noncontrolling interest

29


30





Shareholders' equity:




Preferred stock, par value $0.01: 0.1 shares authorized; none issued or
     outstanding


Common stock, par value $0.01: 3,200 shares authorized; 1,650 shares
      issued and 1,290 shares outstanding at March 31, 2012 and 1,640 shares
      issued and 1,298 shares outstanding at December 31, 2011

 

 

16


 

 

16

Treasury stock, at cost: 358 shares at March 31, 2012 and 340 shares at
      December 31, 2011

 

(12,752)


 

(11,953)

Shares held in trust: 2 shares at March 31, 2012

    and December 31, 2011

 

(56)


 

(56)

Capital surplus

28,450


28,126

Retained earnings

22,566


22,090

Accumulated other comprehensive loss

(171)


(172)

    Total shareholders' equity

38,053


38,051

Total liabilities and shareholders' equity

$  66,006


$   64,543

 

(1)     Effective January 1, 2012, the Company changed its methods of accounting for prescription drug inventories in the Retail Pharmacy segment. Additional details of this accounting change are discussed in Note 2 to the condensed consolidated financial statements included in the Company's Form 10-Q for the quarter ended March 31, 2012.


 

CVS CAREMARK CORPORATION
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows
(Unaudited)




Three Months Ended


March 31,

In millions

2012(1)


2011

Cash flows from operating activities:




    Cash receipts from customers

$    29,207


$       22,971

    Cash paid for inventory and prescriptions dispensed by retail network pharmacies

(22,515)


(17,445)

    Cash paid to other suppliers and employees

(3,751)


(3,342)

    Interest received

1


1

    Interest paid

(128)


(150)

    Income taxes paid

(28)


(169)

Net cash provided by operating activities

2,786


1,866





Cash flows from investing activities:




    Purchases of property and equipment

(376)


(309)

    Proceeds from sale-leaseback transactions


11

    Proceeds from sale of property and equipment


12

    Acquisitions (net of cash acquired) and other investments

(74)


(11)

    Purchase of available-for-sale investments


(2)

    Proceeds from sale of subsidiary

7


Net cash used in investing activities

(443)


(299)





Cash flows from financing activities:




    Decrease in short-term debt

(750)


    Repayments of long-term debt

(52)


(301)

    Dividends paid

(211)


(171)

    Proceeds from exercise of stock options

278


107

    Repurchase of common stock

(810)


(467)

Net cash used in financing activities

(1,545)


(832)

Net increase in cash and cash equivalents

798


735

Cash and cash equivalents at the beginning of the period

1,413


1,427

Cash and cash equivalents at the end of the period

$       2,211


$          2,162

Reconciliation of net income to net cash provided by operating activities:




    Net income

$          775


$            712

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




          Depreciation and amortization

423


374

          Stock-based compensation

36


36

          Deferred income taxes and other non-cash items

21


70

          Change in operating assets and liabilities, net of effects of acquisitions:




             Accounts receivable, net

(70)


(423)

                Inventories

(776)


514

                Other current assets

286


(30)

                Other assets

(189)


(52)

                Accounts payable and claims and discounts payable

1,044


535

                Accrued expenses

1,250


156

                Other long-term liabilities

(14)


(26)

Net cash provided by operating activities

$       2,786


$         1,866

 

(1)     Effective January 1, 2012, the Company changed its methods of accounting for prescription drug inventories in the Retail Pharmacy segment. Additional details of this accounting change are discussed in Note 2 to the condensed consolidated financial statements included in the Company's Form 10-Q for the quarter ended March 31, 2012.

 

Adjusted Earnings Per Share
(Unaudited)

 

For internal comparisons, management finds it useful to assess year-to-year performance by adjusting diluted earnings per share for amortization, which primarily relates to acquisition activities.

The Company defines adjusted earnings per share as income before income tax provision plus amortization, less adjusted income tax provision, plus net loss attributable to noncontrolling interest divided by the weighted average diluted common shares outstanding.

The following is a reconciliation of income before income tax provision to adjusted earnings per share:

 

 


Three Months Ended




March 31,



In millions, except per share amounts

2012


2011(2)













Income before income tax provision

$       1,272


$     1,171





Amortization

118


106





Adjusted income before income tax provision

1,390


1,277





Adjusted income tax provision(1)

542


503





Adjusted income from continuing operations

848


774





Net loss attributable to noncontrolling interest

1


1





Adjusted income from continuing operations attributable to CVS Caremark

$         849


$       775





Weighted average diluted common shares outstanding

1,309


1,371





Adjusted earnings per share from continuing operations attributable to CVS Caremark

$        0.65


$      0.57













(1)  The adjusted income tax provision is computed using the effective income tax rate from the consolidated statement of income.

(2)   The adjusted results for the three months ended March 31, 2011 have been revised to reflect the results of TheraCom as discontinued operations.


Free Cash Flow
(Unaudited)

The Company defines free cash flow as net cash provided by operating activities less net additions to properties and equipment (i.e., additions to property and equipment plus proceeds from sale-leaseback transactions).

The following is a reconciliation of net cash provided by operating activities to free cash flow:

 



Three Months Ended



March 31,

In millions


2012


2011






Net cash provided by operating activities


$      2,786


$     1,866

  Subtract: Additions to property and equipment


(376)


(309)

  Add: Proceeds from sale-leaseback transactions



11

Free cash flow


$   2,410


$     1,568






 

 


Supplemental Information
(Unaudited)

The Company evaluates its Pharmacy Services and Retail Pharmacy segment performance based on net revenue, gross profit and operating profit before the effect of nonrecurring charges and gains and certain intersegment activities. The Company evaluates the performance of its Corporate segment based on operating expenses before the effect of nonrecurring charges and gains and certain intersegment activities. The following is a reconciliation of the Company's segments to the accompanying consolidated financial statements:

 

 

In millions

Pharmacy
Services

Segment(1)(3)


Retail
Pharmacy
Segment


Corporate 
Segment


Intersegment
Eliminations(2)


Consolidated

Totals











Three Months Ended










  March 31, 2012:

    Net revenues

 

$             18,300


 

$          16,024


 

$          --


 

$            (3,526)


 

$       30,798

    Gross profit

616


4,572


--


(75)


5,113

    Operating profit (loss)

349


1,298


(168)


(75)


1,404

  March 31, 2011:

    Net revenues

 

13,829


 

14,587


 

--


 

(2,721)


 

25,695

    Gross profit

630


4,147


--


(35)


4,742

    Operating profit (loss)

391


1,096


(147)


(35)


1,305

 

(1)     Net revenues of the Pharmacy Services segment include approximately $2.3 billion and $2.2 billion of retail co-payments for the three months ended March 31, 2012 and 2011, respectively.

(2)     Intersegment eliminations relate to two types of transactions: (i) Intersegment revenues that occur when Pharmacy Services segment customers use Retail Pharmacy segment stores to purchase covered products. When this occurs, both the Pharmacy Services and Retail Pharmacy segments record the revenue on a standalone basis, and (ii) Intersegment revenues, gross profit and operating profit that occur when Pharmacy Services segment customers, through the Company's intersegment activities (such as the Maintenance Choice program), elect to pick-up their maintenance prescriptions at Retail Pharmacy segment stores instead of receiving them through the mail. When this occurs, both the Pharmacy Services and Retail Pharmacy segments record the revenue, gross profit and operating profit on a standalone basis. Beginning in the fourth quarter of 2011, the Maintenance Choice eliminations reflect all discounts available for the purchase of mail order prescription drugs. The following amounts are eliminated in consolidation in connection with the item (ii) intersegment activity: net revenues of $798 million and $558 million for the three months ended March 31, 2012 and 2011, respectively, gross profit and operating profit of $75 million and $35 million for the three months ended March 31, 2012 and 2011, respectively.

(3)     The results of the Pharmacy Services segment for the three months ended March 31, 2011 have been revised to reflect the results of TheraCom as discontinued operations.


 

Supplemental Information
(Unaudited)

Pharmacy Services Segment

The following table summarizes the Pharmacy Services segment's performance for the respective periods:

 


Three Months Ended




March 31,



In millions

2012


2011(4)













Net revenues

$ 18,300


$ 13,829





Gross profit

616


630





    Gross profit % of net revenues

3.4%


4.6%





Operating expenses

267


239





     Operating expense % of net revenues

1.5%


1.7%





Operating profit

349


391





     Operating profit % of net revenues

1.9%


2.8%













Net revenues(1):








    Mail choice(2)

$ 5,666


$    4,393





   Pharmacy network(3)

12,584


9,377





    Other

50


59





Pharmacy claims processed(1):








    Total

218.9


175.2





    Mail choice(2)

20.4


17.5





    Pharmacy network(3)

198.5


157.7





Generic dispensing rate(1):








    Total

76.5%


73.8%





    Mail choice(2)

69.0%


63.8%





    Pharmacy network(3)

77.3%


74.8%





Mail choice penetration rate

22.8%


24.1%





 

(1)     Pharmacy network net revenues, claims processed and generic dispensing rates do not include Maintenance Choice, which are included within the mail choice category.

(2)     Mail choice is defined as claims filled at a Pharmacy Services' mail facility, which include specialty mail claims, as well as 90-day claims filled at retail under the Maintenance Choice program.

(3)     Pharmacy network is defined as claims filled at retail pharmacies, including our retail drugstores, but excluding Maintenance Choice activity.

(4)     The results of the Pharmacy Services segment for the three months ended March 31, 2011 have been revised to reflect the results of TheraCom as discontinued operations.

 


EBITDA and EBITDA per Adjusted Claim
(Unaudited)

The Company defines EBITDA as earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization. We define EBITDA per adjusted claim as EBITDA divided by adjusted pharmacy claims. Adjusted pharmacy claims normalize the claims volume statistic for the difference in average days' supply for mail and retail claims. Adjusted pharmacy claims are calculated by multiplying 90-day claims (the majority of total mail claims) by 3 and adding the 30-day claims. EBITDA can be reconciled to operating profit, which we believe to be the most directly comparable GAAP financial measure.

The following is a reconciliation of operating profit to EBITDA for the Pharmacy Services segment:

 


Three Months Ended




March 31,



In millions, except per adjusted claim amounts

2012


2011(1)













Operating profit

$      349


$      391





Depreciation and amortization

122


98





EBITDA

471


489





  Adjusted claims

257.0


207.6





EBITDA per adjusted claim

$    1.83


$       2.36





 

(1)     The results of the Pharmacy Services segment for the three months ended March  31, 2011 have been revised to reflect the results of TheraCom as discontinued operations.

 

Supplemental Information
(Unaudited)

Retail Pharmacy Segment

The following table summarizes the Retail Pharmacy segment's performance for the respective periods:

 


Three Months Ended




March 31,



In millions

2012


2011













Net revenues

$     16,024


$   14,587





Gross profit

4,572


4,147





    Gross profit % of net revenues

28.5%


28.4%





Operating expenses

3,275


3,051





     Operating expense % of net revenues

20.4%


20.9%





Operating profit

1,298


1,096





     Operating profit % of net revenues

8.1%


7.5%













Net revenue increase:








    Total

9.9%


4.4%





    Pharmacy

11.1%


5.1%





    Front store

7.1%


2.8%





Same store sales increase:








    Total

8.4%


2.6%





    Pharmacy

9.8%


3.7%





    Front store

5.3%


0.4%





Generic dispensing rate

78.1%


75.2%





Pharmacy % of total revenues

69.9%


69.1%





Third party % of pharmacy revenue

97.7%


97.5%





Retail prescriptions filled

179.5


165.6





 

Adjusted Earnings Per Share Guidance
(Unaudited)

The following reconciliation of estimated income before income tax provision to estimated adjusted earnings per share contains forward-looking information that is subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially. The Company claims the protection of the safe harbor for forward-looking statements contained in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. The Company strongly recommends that you become familiar with the specific risks and uncertainties outlined under the Risk Factors section in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2011 and under the section entitled "Cautionary Statement Concerning Forward-Looking Statements" in our most recently filed Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q. For internal comparisons, management finds it useful to assess year-to-year performance by adjusting diluted earnings per share for amortization, which primarily relates to acquisition activities.

 


Year Ending

In millions, except per share amounts

December 31, 2012





Income before income tax provision

$       6,324


$    6,516

Amortization

475


475

Adjusted income before income tax provision

6,799


6,991

Adjusted income tax provision

2,652


2,727

Adjusted income from continuing operations

4,147


4,264

Net loss attributable to noncontrolling interest

3


3

Adjusted income from continuing operations attributable to CVS Caremark

$      4,150


$    4,267

Weighted average diluted common shares outstanding

1,283


1,280

Adjusted earnings per share from continuing operations attributable to CVS Caremark

$         3.23


$      3.33

 

Free Cash Flow Guidance
(Unaudited)

The following reconciliation of net cash provided by operating activities to free cash flow contains forward-looking information that is subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially. The Company claims the protection of the safe harbor for forward-looking statements contained in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. The Company strongly recommends that you become familiar with the specific risks and uncertainties outlined under the Risk Factors section in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2011 and under the section entitled "Cautionary Statement Concerning Forward-Looking Statements" in our most recently filed Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q. For internal comparisons, management finds it useful to assess year-to-year cash flow performance by adjusting cash provided by operating activities, by capital expenditures and proceeds from sale-leaseback transactions.


Year Ending

In millions

December 31, 2012





Net cash provided by operating activities

$       6,195


$          6,420

    Subtract:  Additions to property and equipment

(2,145)


(2,075)

    Add:  Proceeds from sale-leaseback transactions

500


600

Free cash flow

$       4,550


$          4,945

 

SOURCE CVS Caremark Corporation

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