Premier reports Q3 adjusted EPS 66c, consensus 65c
Reports Q3 revenue $422.9M, consensus $433.25M. "Our fiscal third-quarter results reflect the timing-related impact of revenue recognition under the new ASC 606 revenue standard, continuing headwinds in our products business, and, to a lesser extent, incremental investments in future growth opportunities that we believe will enhance our core capabilities across the supply chain, enterprise analytics and performance improvement businesses," said Susan DeVore, chief executive officer. "While our results are consistent with our expectation that the second half of our fiscal year would be less profitable than the first half, we remain on track to deliver full fiscal-year 2019 results within our previously disclosed guidance ranges. We are actively managing Premier's portfolio, as underscored by our decision to exit the specialty pharmacy business, and focusing on our core capabilities to deliver best-in-class solutions for our member health systems and sustainable, long-term value creation for stockholders. The company's flexible balance sheet and strong cash flow provide a solid foundation and support our balanced approach to pursuing both organic and external growth opportunities while returning capital to stockholders. The board's decision to authorize a new $300.0 million stock repurchase program underscores its continued confidence in our strategy."