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Participants
Mary Kay Ladone Senior Vice President, Corporate Development, Strategy and Investor Relations
John Groetelaars President and Chief Executive Officer
Barbara Bodem Chief Financial Officer
Rick Wise Stifel
Bob Hopkins Bank of America
Michael Polark Baird
Drew Ranieri Morgan Stanley
Matt Taylor UBS
Matthew Mishan KeyBanc
Mike Matson Needham & Company
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Operator

Good morning and welcome to Hill-Rom’s Fiscal Third Quarter 2021 Earnings Conference Call. [Operator Instructions] As a reminder, this call is being recorded by Hill-Rom and is copyrighted material. It cannot be recorded, rebroadcast or transmitted without Hill-Rom’s written consent.

If you have any objections, please disconnect at this time. I would now like to turn the call over to Ms. Vice Development, Senior Relations. and Ladone, Kay President, Strategy Corporate Investor Mary Ms. you begin. Ladone, may

Mary Kay Ladone

and us Good third for thanks morning joining earnings call. quarter for conference XXXX fiscal our

Officer Groetelaars, Joining are Chief President of Hill-Rom and Financial me Officer. and John Chief today Bodem, Barbara Executive

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with introduction, So turn me the that now to over call let John.

John Groetelaars

Kay and everybody. good morning, Mary Thanks,

QX me quarter review Let a our results, Hill-Rom of strong with reflect which another of fiscal our begin by execution financial team.

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Barbara Bodem

our will morning and guidance. turning everyone. results I to our before briefly good walk through financial John Thanks, updated

on currency reported in million compared year. declined mentioned, worldwide $XXX a $XXX by basis. last in basis to million X% Revenue a on X% of revenue constant revenue As declined QX

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my our conclude me fiscal let updated Now, with XXXX remarks guidance.

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diluted For X% fourth earnings, per growth on of items, basis share. excluding of special a expect X% revenue reported to adjusted and fiscal $X.XX expect XXXX, $X.XX the we quarter to

fourth diluted the share a earnings $X.XX. contributed one-time in As last of reminder, revenue approximately and COVID-related year of per estimated million quarter, $XX purchases

evolution uncertain turn to any XXXX highlight the over the as of or now of earnings ranges may the ongoing fiscal remains could exit in pandemic-related quarter growth recovery outlook share fiscal risks I to back year and our require to does underlying impact, reflect we that momentum we adjusted expect continues XX%. XX% purchases. this The not present include revenue and QX provided fourth to call growth XX% Excluding will to guidance and updates XX% would scope opportunities that pandemic business per and COVID-related COVID John. And I the the today. of

John Groetelaars

solid summary, QX our we consecutive for reported the for results raised Barb. guidance third quarter. In Thanks, and

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Operator

of first Stifel. comes Instructions] [Operator Wise Our question Rick from

Your question please.

Rick Wise

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John Groetelaars

Yes. Thanks, Rick.

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metric So important we as on. a proxy, continue investors update that a to we very think will that’s

rates. those the market will a growth have portfolio growth seen If it we are connected our categories as say And growth growth those and we can – markets, would those one-third kind double-digit in might portfolio into of of objective. growing see into at we move categories. that there. the Slide turn categories of may have achieved of care entire that highest we you #X, our So, monitoring, we communications growth in, are you I that our say our have care two-thirds that are portfolio go complete double-digit slide, way to And connected to you

Rick Wise

why follow-up a But sorry products more launching, the the and quarter still That’s but rest, just balance at should great. it. you great M&A, given on question, are to the that way sort early And And growing I portfolio that you? appreciate acceleration John, as markets the sheet, the the understand we look as and are rapidly mix, why about plus know the continuing use and of comments mean, just here, investments, be portfolio second sort you in my of in a a thank conservative, new X% talk Totally a you we I guide. – fourth smile. the ‘XX, and say plus we all it the these you your ‘XX. for are that the your that mid-single to question. of happening Got against year ten guide. thinking When And I recovering, past, with start, X% contemplate fiscal recovery things third in instead why a why anyway, we wouldn’t digit ahead? language goodness, you used be as thinking but I words of wouldn’t believe setup

John Groetelaars

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Rick Wise

Thanks John.

Operator

line a your Bank on of Please of question. state Hopkins the Bob with is America question.

Bob Hopkins

Great. Thank you morning. good and

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John Groetelaars

Yes.

Bob Hopkins

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now doing commitment Bardy is how now same So, still deal to close? going with XX% this that even and have

John Groetelaars

Great basis fourth quarter. When we We didn’t inside business minimum we better months have – margins well a a impressed Bob. with a several period. into as during question, points the a the point year-over-year we visibility And we expect against. levers inorganic execution litigation the at company. year $X.XX about It’s in for inorganic weeks two the sure. about of that the few obviously, impact. Yes, their roughly will subside. gross does scales $X.XX And in line be points with we the were of has business lot XX% XX% in team of there kind To this our quarterly extremely basis of of It’s we question There than reimbursement year, bottom it. going visibility And of have cut next basis. your got But next Bardy. on And contribute a obviously, rate performance of dilution dilution will of were to view, growth. work will as for to growth that have average. of months in XXX revenue to a well From ago, company continued growth XXX just it’s quarter. answer a over be to growth, even to

company. diverse big a are We

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Bob Hopkins

queue. Great. back Thank Thanks I very much. will get you. the in

John Groetelaars

you, Bob. Thank

Operator

with of Mr. line on Michael question. question. state Polark Please is the Baird your the

Michael Polark

your think will the I Hi, I just double-click on I over be are update current would latest here a you love do I $XXX, time with get transaction? John. reimbursement, good that posted Bardy on there. morning. to horizon? would the there Novitas and what think would thread Houston, what love Whether in forward through your now rate the thoughts with to you is get outcome contractors realistic there or mean that Medicare, the moving

John Groetelaars

Thanks Mike. Sure.

calendar without Another weeks well industry or positive promises strategic are can really positive discussions. we yet. progress And a with Novitas months the part follow or were year made of our that or of really can options in we getting with we some we that and other progress making changes either as rate Bardy specifics, the doing those the CMS for few the reimbursement make diligence in was work important that players. evaluation ‘XX. feel last into confident the are MAC with as will that more No hopeful advance And pleased they to coming be

that, is factored that upside calendar the the that could We into of for year. in kind be But to hope haven’t cards outlook. reason have there in our next

Michael Polark

X something you of I numbers, about are talking And know seeing back rate – round X, you are order a X higher that. do what with $XXX to old we What $XXX, on the a here? the we range, with magnitude? Appreciate it, don’t know,

John Groetelaars

Yes.

you sell-side mid-XXXs was $XX And higher rate Novitas as current, then the certainly, was as observing too probably high. rate think, proposed analyst of too Mike, maybe now low. viewed $XXX or I the the initially, viewed another the that

its a it. present all Medicare appropriate patients. we viable that not case for access rate it reimbursement put data on. That, that framing way not and does level, that’s to Novitas seems patients. the and number to I that am someone is it’s to MAX agree So, current we sustainable not that access need like I But there. reasonable and frame And appropriate was not out that CMS the way. at for for a that’s think going to these a And provide

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Michael Polark

indicators in period, Your with that so like, I development? positive peer quarter. new If would set one would can in revenue on sneak I close curious in of a shifting good out growth business bookings the numbers backlog about last what forward-looking look heard last the your be in night, rate one space that in comments, another Teracom, gears, I the John. love

John Groetelaars

was acceleration we prepared XX% mean it Yes. QX grew at an in remarks, which the I our from commented in quarter, XX%.

really portfolio shipped. underway. Orders with being there. But quarters will received large that, of broad on are We’re comment discussed we and don’t details our several backlog. now I the being deal of that offerings We tell that our you generally is pleased

in revenue next And expect expect to our to our overall fourth category. will We with quarter. current continue year, pipeline recognition we into that see double-digit and growth in some in that

Michael Polark

much. so you Thank

John Groetelaars

you. Thank

Operator

line the Please on state your a is question. Stanley Morgan of with question. Ranieri Drew

Drew Ranieri

setting acquisition my you the the question. getting of in to the are get get product made what Breathe time environment, some behind Thanks time the now like vision playing of like to to in that vision going for that putting really there, that maybe what’s ago, for see John, the you you product touch kind home on just of your normal it we’re – investments kind everyone. to out? kind Hi, made just some be just ago, back to and taking to

John Groetelaars

for Yes. Thanks question. the

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Barbara Bodem

$XX impact, Breathe. this year-over-year million the million just QX, and on And QX headwind COVID comp to generate continues a double-digit about business in clarify, $XX it’s in the to Drew, was growth. excluding

Drew Ranieri

you just anything placements backlog, the see talked be then for Thank constraints that quarter. opportunity the the you gears can record health know you And you. help business. about Motion. just in talk business that show maybe said I Okay. John, Integrated hospital just order about Great, in being shifting Surgical the of Table would And us just remaining to the appreciated. thank Solutions you book us give the you. frame But to environment. lifted the

John Groetelaars

quarters, now now that’s book starting that been building six a last order an has we’ve to and and Obviously, normalizing normalized, the things and backlog during deployed. Yes. largely get access are

really we’re performance with there. pleased So the

information. serve touching a that look OR imaging if the video, out at anything, we as have they that all are This If procedure connected continue. expect which for the the is definitely about such that high, opportunities OEM is And the are in XX%. one And really, OR, and solutions platform elements, excluding surgeon see. that to is in product. excited the really digital excited first truly you, room. timely high but it elements cool we’re other you As exit, Helion to the next-generation to product the day to launch, talked the access operating to the in data COVID. the And really then for connectivity growth our, going integration we’re need our if truly you all But we can new on during our about build out prepared as grew video that you GSS take navigate the it’s without OR XX%, QX, additional at It I use control rate to hub integration very demonstrate able we comments, about actually in growth double-digit OR. to our for they into

we’re about business. excited So that

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we’re pleased performance, too. with that So

Drew Ranieri

segment of forward? John. just is and performance market the just out the where one growth double-digit China an on that an easy us you. the maybe the to kind going business you like remind where penetration hear growth? last comp, Thanks, And in most update of Thank but the one options would on quarter, just on what your today growth emerging you’re And seeing called are

John Groetelaars

Yes.

wasn’t the doubled, quarter Pacific double up Just to business China clarify, but Asia XX%, digit. was last

we quarters. where But We and China the our There for we’re nine for have traction otherwise, market significant double-digit last China in to very of went pleased the portfolio. with there growth untapped one quarter pandemic the believe we’re backwards. potential continue had have seeing eight was our in during it

Drew Ranieri

questions. the taking for Thanks

John Groetelaars

you. Thank

Operator

Please on Matt state you line UBS Taylor is the a of question. with question.

Matt Taylor

Can hear thanks. Hi, me, okay? you

John Groetelaars

Yes.

Matt Taylor

Great.

COVID have had the first that over quarter in I to grow you while that to the impact, a in your ability COVID So Or Or question first you could this you comp see we to in the what is still hasn’t about continue wanted talk a fiscal COVID tough ‘XX done? ask you any half? for now going time all should first is reported benefit that forward? just

John Groetelaars

Yes.

in in COVID future. QX. QX, didn’t calling not We out don’t expect the We’re expected anything any benefit in any see

the that’s million that ‘XX. that comp So we exception first headwind each benefit or $XX will we year, of saw top quarter on two in of the with line, the this million enter the quarters $XX overcome as the

Matt Taylor

you based underlying to could interest that comments the in your And ability make grow over any the comp on Okay. on business?

John Groetelaars

the I repeat business, those think I will metrics. underlying Look,

we’re the progression year. think the acceleration I on our this of seeing performance

and excluding were you apples-to-apples, do QX QX If flat. COVID,

in we Excluding the QX growth. QX benefit had a drove COVID, COVID that and

XX% that you If QX was out as XX%. be flat, QX expect strip we growth and to

So, that’s good progression. pretty

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some to about will in finalize comps be headwind we overcome and ‘XX, have talking obviously QX. And here guidance X it. we will in QX for months once We

Matt Taylor

would ask to there offer then what how rumors unanswerable but is And kind if thoughts be guess the because been offer. And an I was have I approach addressing you speculation about okay. turning Okay, just $XXX an you business notwithstanding Could this there think worth? an from about you some the of may approach? is down question, think someone, that on

John Groetelaars

rumors, Yes, I kind those can’t of on comment Matt.

Matt Taylor

Thanks, John. alright. Okay,

John Groetelaars

Thank you.

Operator

Mishan is on your KeyBanc question. Please of Matthew with line question. state the a

Matthew Mishan

good Hey, morning.

the the earlier of digitalization guys us the tools? a you of physical can give actions Just on the docs, sense in assessment first,

John Groetelaars

Yes, This ophthalmoscopes. otoscopes tools. And initial is and physical enhanced been to response adds great smartphone assessment a It has technology very the our question. strong.

seeing those disease been that hasn’t cases There all a share delight great that progression, store them, lot images, customers. capture in to space them things long, are long with of for would We’re we caregivers members other or family innovation time. a share of kind the see ability this expected. with The use we expected

to the many super getting. growth bring year-over-year we’re largely going excited to large And we’re it’s category been So about is a flat years. feedback for think we that

Matthew Mishan

Breathe, on follow-up opportunity recall? a you ventilator a seen competitor then have from any And

John Groetelaars

nothing say date. to I’d material

demand. benefit We’re help and haven’t seen there. needs we directly at we any But can looking ways patient meet closely

Matthew Mishan

make last follow-up the on one then want Bardy, just to I I a as sure And understand.

of it of I EPS it, you $X.XX be the Is have captured within of a been your would – have And wasn’t it’s be higher. it, guidance part it correct? $X.XX to think you that announced when if to bit you range. wasn’t dilutive said part could quarter, $X.XX would is It little fourth it part which it the now dilutive, but would guidance. before

John Groetelaars

exactly That’s right, Matt.

Matthew Mishan

much. Thank alright. Okay, you very

Barbara Bodem

Brancy, question. it’s more for time one

Operator

is Please question. Thank with Needham you. Company your the question. state of Matson & a Mike line on Mr.

Mike Matson

but can M&A just connected where about from the by change if I product wanted your care. business or products that portion to that internal in coming XX% increase you XX% much show mean driven that’s how this, X, a answer I you Slide involvement ask to of of the I don’t of know have versus growth already? you

John Groetelaars

six comments, total, $XX those in we them of would as In were our acquisitions be the we’ve prepared of acquisitions million. said category. five all connected Well, in done, Sure. care the

connected one So is the not are acquisition. the the five of ventilator, right, care, Breathe the that that’s

think $XX connected of million it I it’s that So around would be care. of $XX million,

not a needle-mover. that really material material it’s So growth. a meaningful of part it’s not just portion it, but It’s of

Barbara Bodem

connected about one the talk care other the in we is XX% of new bucket also that revenue product Mike, is that about. point

Mike Matson

Okay.

you of taking an earlier, to I limit. in Just I think in products and get the things you that that’s that us of of to terms mentioned just and business. sort some or... you connectivity upper mean selling I essentially think XXX% John, them essentially you’re adding mean

John Groetelaars

probably hypothetical. That’s of more Yes. a

mean me today. that at I are comment. Let XX% clarify we

there to certain is of connected. course, Of have our reason no portfolio parts

the maybe of them. practical to the of we the say value limit connecting – add upper got for going not anything to sake just It’s to So, customer. are the

gross acquisitions mix. these incorporating mix of products. So products of larger benefited are that’s that way, the threshold upper more And the accretive it’s connected the larger And mix, the of like – portion also margin becoming a our the because margin maybe it’s of by also the becoming that is probably like helps more would by a new a portfolio XX% be right, gross portion the solution.

to connected benefit another that’s care So, product. these

couple it’s are margin a have shifts in driver looking you and time not years growth company moved mix we the last that X and As as the us the Slide that in that over leverage gives and of bit for. becomes gross that margin on quite seen slide from

Mike Matson

Thank you. it. got Okay,

John Groetelaars

you. Thank

up, Thank you that I joining for everyone wraps operator. it think the call today.

Operator

call Ladies and for you Hill-Rom with Holdings gentlemen, this joining. Incorporated. Thank concludes today’s conference