28 March 2018

Second quarter highlights

  • GAAP diluted net earnings per share were $1.36, up 38.8 percent from the year-ago quarter; Adjusted diluted net earnings per share increase 27.2 percent to $1.73
  • GAAP net earnings attributable to Walgreens Boots Alliance increase 27.3 percent, to $1.3 billion; Adjusted net earnings attributable to Walgreens Boots Alliance increase 16.6 percent to $1.7 billion
  • Sales increase 12.1 percent to $33.0 billion
  • GAAP operating income increases 33.9 percent to $2.0 billion; Adjusted operating income increases 7.3 percent to $2.2 billion
  • GAAP net cash provided by operating activities was $2.2 billion; Free cash flow was $1.9 billion

Company outlook

  • Company raises the lower and upper ends of its guidance and now anticipates fiscal 2018 adjusted diluted net earnings per share of $5.85 to $6.05
  • Company expects cash tax benefit from U.S. tax law changes in excess of $350 million in fiscal 2018, compared with previously announced estimate of more than $200 million

DEERFIELD, Ill., 28 March 2018 - Walgreens Boots Alliance, Inc. (Nasdaq: WBA) today announced financial results for the second quarter of fiscal 2018, which ended 28 February 2018.

Executive Vice Chairman and CEO Stefano Pessina said, “Our growth strategy of increasing and consolidating volume, differentiating ourselves through value and quality of service, and controlling costs is bearing fruit across our businesses. This is reflected in another good set of financial results in which we delivered the highest sales growth in eight quarters, as well as strong cash generation and record U.S. pharmacy market share. We expect to continue to grow, in part through the recent acquisition of stores from Rite Aid, and today we are raising our fiscal 2018 guidance."

Overview of Second Quarter Results

Fiscal 2018 second quarter net earnings attributable to Walgreens Boots Alliance determined in accordance with GAAP increased 27.3 percent to $1.3 billion compared with the same quarter a year ago, while GAAP diluted net earnings per share increased 38.8 percent to $1.36 compared with the same quarter a year ago.

Adjusted fiscal 2018 second quarter net earnings attributable to Walgreens Boots Alliance1 increased 16.6 percent to $1.7 billion, up 15.1 percent on a constant currency basis, compared with the same quarter a year ago. Adjusted diluted net earnings per share for the quarter increased 27.2 percent to $1.73, up 25.7 percent on a constant currency basis, compared with the same quarter a year ago.

Sales in the second quarter were $33.0 billion, an increase of 12.1 percent from the year-ago quarter, and an increase of 9.4 percent on a constant currency basis.

GAAP operating income in the second quarter was $2.0 billion, an increase of 33.9 percent from the same quarter a year ago. Adjusted operating income in the second quarter was $2.2 billion, an increase of 7.3 percent from the same quarter a year ago, and an increase of 5.9 percent on a constant currency basis.

GAAP net cash provided by operating activities was $2.2 billion in the second quarter, and free cash flow was $1.9 billion.

Overview of Fiscal 2018 Year-to-Date Results

For the first six months of fiscal 2018, net earnings attributable to Walgreens Boots Alliance determined in accordance with GAAP increased 2.6 percent to $2.2 billion compared with the same period a year ago, while GAAP diluted net earnings per share increased 11.3 percent to $2.16 compared with the same period a year ago.

Adjusted net earnings attributable to Walgreens Boots Alliance1 for the first six months of fiscal 2018 increased 12.7 percent to $3.0 billion, up 11.6 percent on a constant currency basis, compared with the same period a year ago. Adjusted diluted net earnings per share for the first six months of fiscal 2018 increased 22.4 percent to $3.01, up 21.1 percent on a constant currency basis, compared with the same period a year ago.

Sales in the first six months of fiscal 2018 were $63.8 billion, an increase of 10.0 percent from the same period a year ago, and an increase of 8.3 percent on a constant currency basis.

GAAP operating income in the first six months of fiscal 2018 was $3.3 billion, an increase of 12.9 percent from the same period a year ago. Adjusted operating income in the first six months of the fiscal year was $4.0 billion, an increase of 6.1 percent from the same period a year ago, and an increase of 5.2 percent on a constant currency basis.

GAAP net cash provided by operating activities was $3.2 billion in the first six months of fiscal 2018, and free cash flow was $2.5 billion.

Expected Impact of U.S. Tax Law Changes

The company's GAAP effective tax rate was 27.4 percent in the second quarter and 25.4 percent in the first six months of fiscal 2018, compared with 19.0 percent and 18.2 percent for the second quarter and first six months of fiscal 2017, respectively.

The higher GAAP effective tax rates were primarily due to a provisional net discrete tax expense of $184 million as a result of the U.S. tax law changes enacted in December 2017. This expense is based on current estimates and is comprised of the accrual of a one-time transition tax partially offset by remeasurement of net U.S. deferred tax liabilities.

The company's adjusted effective tax rate, calculated excluding income from the company's equity investment in AmerisourceBergen Corporation, was 16.5 percent in the second quarter and 20.3 percent in the first six months of fiscal 2018, compared with 23.7 percent and 24.5 percent for the second quarter and first six months of fiscal 2017, respectively.

The lower adjusted effective tax rates were primarily due to the impact of the U.S. tax law changes.

Company Outlook

The company raised the lower and upper ends of its guidance for fiscal 2018 and now anticipates adjusted diluted net earnings per share of $5.85 to $6.05. This guidance assumes current exchange rates for the rest of the fiscal year and includes an expected benefit from the U.S. tax law changes that is marginally higher than the $0.35 per share upper end of the previously announced range. As previously announced, the company does not expect Rite Aid to significantly impact fiscal 2018 adjusted diluted net earnings per share. The company now expects to obtain a cash tax benefit from the U.S. tax law changes in excess of $350 million for fiscal year 2018, compared with the previous estimate, announced in January, of more than $200 million.

Second Quarter Business Division Highlights

Retail Pharmacy USA:

Retail Pharmacy USA had second quarter sales of $24.5 billion, an increase of 12.2 percent over the year-ago quarter. Sales in comparable stores increased 2.4 percent compared with the same quarter a year ago.

Pharmacy sales, which accounted for 70.3 percent of the division’s sales in the quarter, increased 18.7 percent compared with the year-ago quarter, primarily due to higher prescription volume including central specialty and mail following the formation of AllianceRx Walgreens Prime and from the acquisition of Rite Aid stores. Comparable pharmacy sales increased 5.1 percent, primarily due to higher volume. Reimbursement pressure and generics had a negative impact on comparable pharmacy sales growth, which was partially offset by brand inflation. The division filled 269.2 million prescriptions (including immunizations) adjusted to 30-day equivalents in the quarter, an increase of 9.1 percent over the year-ago quarter. Prescriptions filled in comparable stores increased 4.0 percent compared with the same quarter a year ago, primarily due to volume growth from previously announced strategic pharmacy partnerships and Medicare Part D growth. The division’s retail prescription market share on a 30-day adjusted basis in the second quarter increased approximately 100 basis points over the year-ago quarter to 21.4 percent, as reported by IQVIA (formerly IMS Health). This was the division's highest reported quarterly retail prescription market share in the U.S.

Retail sales decreased 0.7 percent in the second quarter compared with the year-ago period. Comparable retail sales were down 2.7 percent in the quarter.

GAAP gross profit increased 6.7 percent compared with the same quarter a year ago and adjusted gross profit increased 6.6 percent. On an adjusted basis, pharmacy and retail gross profit both increased.

GAAP second quarter selling, general and administrative expenses (SG&A) as a percentage of sales decreased 1.9 percentage points compared with the year-ago quarter, primarily due to costs related to the cost transformation program in the year-ago quarter and to sales mix and higher prescription volume in the quarter. On an adjusted basis, SG&A as a percentage of sales decreased 0.9 percentage point in the same period, primarily due to sales mix and higher prescription volume.

GAAP operating income in the second quarter increased 25.2 percent from the year-ago quarter to $1.4 billion. Adjusted operating income in the second quarter increased 6.3 percent from the year-ago quarter to $1.6 billion.

As of the end of the second quarter the company had acquired 1,542 Rite Aid stores under the previously announced amended and restated asset purchase agreement. Since the end of the quarter the company completed the acquisition of all 1,932 stores. The transition of three distribution centers and related inventory is expected to begin during fiscal 2019.

The company continues to expect to complete integration of the acquired stores and related assets by the end of fiscal 2020, as previously announced.

As part of a program to optimize locations, the company continues to expect to close approximately 600 stores and related assets over an 18-month period, resulting in estimated pre-tax charges to the company's GAAP financial results of approximately $450 million. This program commenced in March. Cost savings from the program are still anticipated to be approximately $300 million per year and are still expected to be fully delivered by the end of fiscal 2020.

Retail Pharmacy International:

Retail Pharmacy International had second quarter sales of $3.3 billion, an increase of 7.0 percent from the year-ago quarter due to currency translation. Sales decreased 2.6 percent on a constant currency basis.

On a constant currency basis, comparable store sales decreased 1.7 percent compared with the year-ago quarter. Comparable pharmacy sales increased 0.6 percent on a constant currency basis. Comparable retail sales decreased 2.8 percent on a constant currency basis mainly due to Boots UK.

GAAP gross profit increased 7.5 percent compared with the same quarter a year ago due to currency translation. On a constant currency basis, adjusted gross profit decreased 2.3 percent.

GAAP SG&A as a percentage of sales decreased 1.0 percentage point. Adjusted SG&A as a percentage of sales, on a constant currency basis, decreased 0.6 percentage point.

GAAP operating income in the second quarter increased 27.3 percent from the year-ago quarter to $252 million, while adjusted operating income increased 15.7 percent to $280 million, up 6.6 percent on a constant currency basis due to lower SG&A.

Pharmaceutical Wholesale:

Pharmaceutical Wholesale had second quarter sales of $5.8 billion, an increase of 14.4 percent from the year-ago quarter, mainly due to currency translation. On a constant currency basis, comparable sales increased 3.4 percent, which was behind the company’s estimate of market growth, weighted on the basis of country wholesale sales, due to challenging market conditions in certain continental European countries partially offset by strong performance in emerging markets.

GAAP operating income in the second quarter was $323 million, which included $202 million from the company’s equity earnings in AmerisourceBergen, compared with GAAP operating income of $165 million in the year-ago quarter, which included $42 million from the company's equity earnings in AmerisourceBergen. Adjusted operating income increased 2.2 percent to $231 million, down 1.3 percent on a constant currency basis.

Conference Call

Walgreens Boots Alliance will hold a one-hour conference call to discuss the second quarter results beginning at 8:30 a.m. Eastern time today, 28 March 2018. The conference call will be simulcast through the Walgreens Boots Alliance investor relations website at: http://investor.walgreensbootsalliance.com. A replay of the conference call will be archived on the website for 12 months after the call.

The replay also will be available from 11:30 a.m. Eastern time, 28 March 2018 through 4 April 2018, by calling +1 855 859 2056 within the U.S. and Canada, or +1 404 537 3406 outside the U.S. and Canada, using replay code 5439229.

1 Please see the “Supplemental Information (Unaudited) Regarding Non-GAAP Financial Measures” at the end of this press release for more detailed information regarding non-GAAP financial measures.

Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements: All statements in this release that are not historical including, without limitation, those regarding estimates of and goals for future tax, financial and operating performance and results (including those under "Expected Impact of U.S. Tax Law Changes" and“Company Outlook” above), the expected execution and effect of our business strategies, our cost-savings and growth initiatives and restructuring activities and the amounts and timing of their expected impact, and our amended and restated asset purchase agreement with Rite Aid and the transactions contemplated thereby and their possible timing and effects, are forward-looking statements made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. 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These forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance and are subject to risks, uncertainties and assumptions, known or unknown, that could cause actual results to vary materially from those indicated or anticipated, including, but not limited to, those relating to the impact of private and public third-party payers’ efforts to reduce prescription drug reimbursements, fluctuations in foreign currency exchange rates, the timing and magnitude of the impact of branded to generic drug conversions and changes in generic drug prices, our ability to realize synergies and achieve financial, tax and operating results in the amounts and at the times anticipated, supply arrangements including our commercial agreement with AmerisourceBergen, the arrangements and transactions contemplated by our framework agreement with AmerisourceBergen and their possible effects, the risks associated with the company’s equity method investment in AmerisourceBergen, the occurrence of any event, change or other circumstance that could give rise to the termination, cross-termination or modification of any of our contractual obligations, the amount of costs, fees, expenses and charges incurred in connection with strategic transactions, whether the costs and charges associated with our store optimization program will exceed estimates, our ability to realize expected savings and benefits from cost-savings initiatives, restructuring activities and acquisitions and joint ventures in the amounts and at the times anticipated, the timing and amount of any impairment or other charges, the timing and severity of cough, cold and flu season, changes in management’s assumptions, the risks associated with governance and control matters, the ability to retain key personnel, changes in economic and business conditions generally or in particular markets in which we participate, changes in financial markets and interest rates, the risks associated with international business operations, including the risks associated with the proposed withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the European Union, the risk of unexpected costs, liabilities or delays, changes in vendor, customer and payer relationships and terms, including changes in network participation and reimbursement terms, risks of inflation in the cost of goods, risks associated with the operation and growth of our customer loyalty programs, risks related to competition, risks associated with new business areas and activities, risks associated with acquisitions, divestitures, joint ventures and strategic investments, including those relating to the ability of the parties to satisfy the closing conditions and consummate the phased acquisition of certain assets pursuant to our amended and restated asset purchase agreement with Rite Aid on a timely basis or at all, the risks associated with the integration of complex businesses, outcomes of legal and regulatory matters, and risks associated with changes in laws, including those related to the December 2017 U.S. tax law changes, regulations or interpretations thereof. These and other risks, assumptions and uncertainties are described in Item 1A (Risk Factors) of our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended 31 August 2017 and our Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the fiscal quarter ended 30 November 2017, each of which is incorporated herein by reference, and in other documents that we file or furnish with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Should one or more of these risks or uncertainties materialize, or should underlying assumptions prove incorrect, actual results may vary materially from those indicated or anticipated by such forward-looking statements. Accordingly, you are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date they are made. Except to the extent required by law, we do not undertake, and expressly disclaim, any duty or obligation to update publicly any forward-looking statement after the date of this release, whether as a result of new information, future events, changes in assumptions or otherwise.

Please refer to the supplemental information presented below for reconciliations of the non-GAAP financial measures used in this release to the most comparable GAAP financial measure and related disclosures.

Notes to Editors:

About Walgreens Boots Alliance

Walgreens Boots Alliance (Nasdaq: WBA) is the first global pharmacy-led, health and wellbeing enterprise. The company's heritage of trusted health care services through community pharmacy care and pharmaceutical wholesaling dates back more than 100 years.

Walgreens Boots Alliance is the largest retail pharmacy, health and daily living destination across the U.S. and Europe. Walgreens Boots Alliance and the companies in which it has equity method investments together have a presence in more than 25* countries and employ more than 385,000* people. The company is a global leader in pharmacy-led, health and wellbeing retail and, together with the companies in which it has equity method investments, has more than 13,200* stores in 11* countries as well as one of the largest global pharmaceutical wholesale and distribution networks, with more than 390* distribution centers delivering to more than 230,000** pharmacies, doctors, health centers and hospitals each year in more than 20* countries. In addition, Walgreens Boots Alliance is one of the world’s largest purchasers of prescription drugs and many other health and wellbeing products.

The company’s portfolio of retail and business brands includes Walgreens, Duane Reade, Boots and Alliance Healthcare, as well as increasingly global health and beauty product brands, such as No7, Soap & Glory, Liz Earle, Sleek MakeUP and Botanics.

More company information is available at www.walgreensbootsalliance.com.

* As of 31 August 2017, using publicly available information for AmerisourceBergen.

** For 12 months ending 31 August 2017, using publicly available information for AmerisourceBergen

 
WALGREENS BOOTS ALLIANCE, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
CONSOLIDATED CONDENSED STATEMENTS OF EARNINGS
(UNAUDITED)
(in millions, except per share amounts)
 
      Three months ended     Six months ended
      February 28,     February 28,
      2018   2017     2018   2017
Sales     $ 33,021     $ 29,446       $ 63,761     $ 57,947  
Cost of sales     24,925     21,885       48,324     43,270  
Gross profit     8,096     7,561       15,437     14,677  
Selling, general and administrative expenses     6,318     6,124       12,225     11,810  
Equity earnings in AmerisourceBergen     202     42       90     59  
Operating income     1,980     1,479       3,302     2,926  
                     
Other income (expense)     9     (15 )     (128 )   (14 )
Earnings before interest and income tax provision     1,989     1,464       3,174     2,912  
                     
Interest expense, net     151     172       300     345  
Earnings before income tax provision     1,838     1,292       2,874     2,567  
                     
Income tax provision     503     246       730     466  
Post tax earnings from other equity method investments     14     16       27     28  
Net earnings     1,349     1,062       2,171     2,129  
                     
Net earnings attributable to noncontrolling interests         2       1     15  
Net earnings attributable to Walgreens Boots Alliance, Inc.     $ 1,349     $ 1,060       $ 2,170     $ 2,114  
                     
Net earnings per common share:                    
Basic     $ 1.36     $ 0.98       $ 2.17     $ 1.96  
Diluted     $ 1.36     $ 0.98       $ 2.16     $ 1.94  
                     
Dividends declared per share     $ 0.400     $ 0.375       $ 0.800     $ 0.750  
                     
Weighted average common shares outstanding:                    
Basic     991.0     1,079.7       998.6     1,080.9  
Diluted     995.5     1,085.5       1,003.3     1,086.9  
                             
WALGREENS BOOTS ALLIANCE, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
CONSOLIDATED CONDENSED BALANCE SHEETS
(UNAUDITED)
(in millions)
 
      February 28,     August 31,
      2018     2017
Assets            
Current assets:            
Cash and cash equivalents     $ 1,749       $ 3,301
Accounts receivable, net     7,281       6,528
Inventories     10,316       8,899
Other current assets     1,012       1,025
Total current assets     20,358       19,753
             
Non-current assets:            
Property, plant and equipment, net     14,045       13,642
Goodwill     17,017       15,632
Intangible assets, net     12,220       10,156
Equity method investments     6,431       6,320
Other non-current assets     745       506
Total non-current assets     50,458       46,256
Total assets     $ 70,816       $ 66,009
             
Liabilities and equity            
Current liabilities:            
Short-term debt     $ 3,140       $ 251
Trade accounts payable     13,301       12,494
Accrued expenses and other liabilities     5,675       5,473
Income taxes     443       329
Total current liabilities     22,559       18,547
             
Non-current liabilities:            
Long-term debt     12,532       12,684
Deferred income taxes     1,946       2,281
Other non-current liabilities     5,601       4,223
Total non-current liabilities     20,079       19,188
Total equity     28,178       28,274
Total liabilities and equity     $ 70,816       $ 66,009
                   
WALGREENS BOOTS ALLIANCE, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
CONSOLIDATED CONDENSED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS
(UNAUDITED)
(in millions)
      Six months ended February 28,
      2018     2017
Cash flows from operating activities:            
Net earnings     $ 2,171       $ 2,129  
Adjustments to reconcile net earnings to net cash provided by operating activities:            
Depreciation and amortization     858       831  
Deferred income taxes     (474 )     (226 )
Stock compensation expense     63       52  
Equity earnings from equity method investments     (117 )     (87 )
Other     87       184  
Changes in operating assets and liabilities:            
Accounts receivable, net     (637 )     189  
Inventories     (314 )     (507 )
Other current assets     (66 )     17  
Trade accounts payable     592       789  
Accrued expenses and other liabilities     182       (309 )
Income taxes     903       154  
Other non-current assets and liabilities     (72 )     166  
Net cash provided by operating activities     3,176       3,382  
             
Cash flows from investing activities:            
Additions to property, plant and equipment     (666 )     (639 )
Proceeds from sale-leaseback transactions           436  
Proceeds from sale of other assets     18       22  
Business and intangible asset acquisitions, net of cash acquired     (3,375 )     (52 )
Other     (133 )     36  
Net cash used for investing activities     (4,156 )     (197 )
             
Cash flows from financing activities:            
Net change in short-term debt with maturities of 3 months or less     836       76  
Proceeds from debt     3,089        
Payments of debt     (1,279 )     (9 )
Stock purchases     (2,525 )     (457 )
Proceeds related to employee stock plans     83       116  
Cash dividends paid     (815 )     (817 )
Other     (5 )     (31 )
Net cash used for financing activities     (616 )     (1,122 )
             
Effect of exchange rate changes on cash and cash equivalents     44       (48 )
             
Changes in cash and cash equivalents:            
Net decrease in cash and cash equivalents     (1,552 )     2,015  
Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period     3,301       9,807  
Cash and cash equivalents at end of period     $ 1,749       $ 11,822  
                     

WALGREENS BOOTS ALLIANCE, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
SUPPLEMENTAL INFORMATION (UNAUDITED)
REGARDING NON-GAAP FINANCIAL MEASURES
(in millions, except per share amounts)

The following information provides reconciliations of the supplemental non-GAAP financial measures, as defined under SEC rules, presented in this press release to the most directly comparable financial measures calculated and presented in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles in the United States (GAAP). The Company has provided the non-GAAP financial measures in the press release, which are not calculated or presented in accordance with GAAP, as supplemental information and in addition to the financial measures that are calculated and presented in accordance with GAAP.

These supplemental non-GAAP financial measures are presented because management has evaluated the Company’s financial results both including and excluding the adjusted items or the effects of foreign currency translation, as applicable, and believe that the supplemental non-GAAP financial measures presented provide additional perspective and insights when analyzing the core operating performance of the Company’s business from period to period and trends in the Company’s historical operating results. These supplemental non-GAAP financial measures should not be considered superior to, as a substitute for or as an alternative to, and should be considered in conjunction with, the GAAP financial measures presented in the press release. The Company does not provide a reconciliation for non-GAAP estimates on a forward-looking basis (including the information under “Company Outlook” above) where it is unable to provide a meaningful or accurate calculation or estimation of reconciling items and the information is not available without unreasonable effort. This is due to the inherent difficulty of forecasting the timing or amount of various items that have not yet occurred, are out of the Company’s control and/or cannot be reasonably predicted, and that would impact diluted net earnings per share, the most directly comparable forward-looking GAAP financial measure. For the same reasons, the Company is unable to address the probable significance of the unavailable information. Forward-looking non-GAAP financial measures provided without the most directly comparable GAAP financial measures may vary materially from the corresponding GAAP financial measures.

Constant currency
The Company also presents certain information related to current period operating results in “constant currency,” which is a non-GAAP financial measure. These amounts are calculated by translating current period results at the foreign currency exchange rates used in the comparable period in the prior year. The Company presents such constant currency financial information because it has significant operations outside of the United States reporting in currencies other than the U.S. dollar and this presentation provides a framework to assess how its business performed excluding the impact of foreign currency exchange rate fluctuations.

Comparable sales
For our Retail Pharmacy divisions, comparable stores are defined as those that have been open for at least 12 consecutive months and that have not been closed for seven or more consecutive days, undergone a major remodel or been subject to a natural disaster during the past 12 months. Relocated and acquired stores are not included as comparable stores for the first 12 months after the relocation or acquisition. Comparable store sales, comparable pharmacy sales and comparable retail sales refer to total sales, pharmacy sales and retail sales, respectively, in such stores. For our Pharmaceutical Wholesale division, comparable sales are defined as sales excluding acquisitions and dispositions. The method of calculating comparable sales varies across the industries in which we operate. As a result, our method of calculating comparable sales may not be the same as other companies’ methods.

Comparable sales are presented on a constant currency basis for the Retail Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Wholesale divisions. In the second quarter of fiscal 2018 compared to the year-ago quarter, the Retail Pharmacy International division’s comparable store sales on a reported currency basis increased 8.0 percent, comparable pharmacy sales on a reported currency basis increased 10.6 percent and comparable retail sales on a reported currency basis increased 6.7 percent. The Pharmaceutical Wholesale division’s comparable sales excluding acquisitions and dispositions on a reported currency basis increased 14.4 percent.

 

NET EARNINGS AND DILUTED NET EARNINGS PER SHARE

 
      Three months ended     Six months ended
      February 28,     February 28,
      2018   2017     2018   2017
Net earnings attributable to Walgreens Boots Alliance, Inc. (GAAP)     $ 1,349     $ 1,060       $ 2,170     $ 2,114  
                     
Adjustments to operating income:                    
Acquisition-related amortization     113     82       198     164  
Acquisition-related costs     65     29       116     46  
Certain legal and regulatory accruals and settlements     90           115      
LIFO provision     43     49       97     107  
Hurricane-related costs               83      
Adjustments to equity earnings in AmerisourceBergen     (113 )   37       76     78  
Cost transformation         340           421  
Asset recovery     (15 )         (15 )    
Total adjustments to operating income     183     537       670     816  
                     
Adjustments to other income (expense):                    
Impairment of equity method investment               170      
Net investment hedging (gain) loss     1     15       (33 )   14  
Total adjustments to other income (expense)     1     15       137     14  
                     
Adjustments to interest expense, net:                    
Prefunded acquisition financing costs     5     48       29     89  
Total adjustments to interest expense, net     5     48       29     89  
                     
Adjustments to income tax provision:                    
U.S. tax law changes1     184           184      
Equity method non-cash tax     61     8       11     10  
UK tax rate change1                   (77 )
Tax impact of adjustments2     (62 )   (192 )     (185 )   (289 )
Total adjustments to income tax provision     183     (184 )     10     (356 )
                     
Adjusted net earnings attributable to Walgreens Boots Alliance, Inc. (Non-GAAP measure)     $ 1,721     $ 1,476       $ 3,016     $ 2,677  
                     
Diluted net earnings per common share (GAAP)     $ 1.36     $ 0.98       $ 2.16     $ 1.94  
Adjustments to operating income     0.18     0.50       0.67     0.76  
Adjustments to other income (expense)         0.01       0.14     0.01  
Adjustments to interest expense, net     0.01     0.04       0.03     0.08  
Adjustments to income tax provision     0.18     (0.17 )     0.01     (0.33 )
Adjusted diluted net earnings per common share (Non-GAAP measure)     $ 1.73     $ 1.36       $ 3.01     $ 2.46  
                     
Weighted average common shares outstanding, diluted     995.5     1,085.5       1,003.3     1,086.9  
1   Discrete tax-only items.
2   Represents the adjustment to the GAAP basis tax provision commensurate with non-GAAP adjustments.
     

GROSS PROFIT BY DIVISION

 
      Three months ended February 28, 2018
      Retail Pharmacy     Retail Pharmacy     Pharmaceutical           Walgreens Boots
      USA     International     Wholesale     Eliminations     Alliance, Inc.
Gross profit (GAAP)     $ 6,267       $ 1,294       $ 532       $ 3       $ 8,096  
Acquisition-related amortization     8                         8  
LIFO provision     43                         43  
Adjusted gross profit (Non-GAAP measure)     $ 6,318       $ 1,294       $ 532       $ 3       $ 8,147  
                               
Sales     $ 24,478       $ 3,317       $ 5,755       $ (529 )     $ 33,021  
Gross margin (GAAP)     25.6 %     39.0 %     9.2 %           24.5 %
Adjusted gross margin (Non-GAAP measure)     25.8 %     39.0 %     9.2 %           24.7 %
                                       
      Three months ended February 28, 2017
      Retail Pharmacy     Retail Pharmacy     Pharmaceutical           Walgreens Boots
      USA     International     Wholesale     Eliminations     Alliance, Inc.
Gross profit (GAAP)     $ 5,876       $ 1,204       $ 485       $ (4 )     $ 7,561  
LIFO provision     49                         49  
Adjusted gross profit (Non-GAAP measure)     $ 5,925       $ 1,204       $ 485       $ (4 )     $ 7,610  
                               
Sales     $ 21,814       $ 3,101       $ 5,030       $ (499 )     $ 29,446  
Gross margin (GAAP)     26.9 %     38.8 %     9.6 %           25.7 %
Adjusted gross margin (Non-GAAP measure)     27.2 %     38.8 %     9.6 %           25.8 %
                                       
      Six months ended February 28, 2018
      Retail Pharmacy     Retail Pharmacy     Pharmaceutical           Walgreens Boots
      USA     International     Wholesale     Eliminations     Alliance, Inc.
Gross profit (GAAP)     $ 11,869       $ 2,518       $ 1,054       $ (4 )     $ 15,437  
Acquisition-related amortization     8                         8  
LIFO provision     97                         97  
Hurricane-related costs     43                         43  
Adjusted gross profit (Non-GAAP measure)     $ 12,017       $ 2,518       $ 1,054       $ (4 )     $ 15,585  
                               
Sales     $ 46,967       $ 6,400       $ 11,473       $ (1,079 )     $ 63,761  
Gross margin (GAAP)     25.3 %     39.3 %     9.2 %           24.2 %
Adjusted gross margin (Non-GAAP measure)     25.6 %     39.3 %     9.2 %           24.4 %
                                       
      Six months ended February 28, 2017
      Retail Pharmacy     Retail Pharmacy     Pharmaceutical           Walgreens Boots
      USA     International     Wholesale     Eliminations     Alliance, Inc.
Gross profit (GAAP)     $ 11,315       $ 2,379       $ 987       $ (4 )     $ 14,677  
LIFO provision     107                         107  
Adjusted gross profit (Non-GAAP measure)     $ 11,422       $ 2,379       $ 987       $ (4 )     $ 14,784  
                               
Sales     $ 42,473       $ 6,063       $ 10,447       $ (1,036 )     $ 57,947  
Gross margin (GAAP)     26.6 %     39.2 %     9.4 %           25.3 %
Adjusted gross margin (Non-GAAP measure)     26.9 %     39.2 %     9.4 %           25.5 %
                                       

SELLING, GENERAL AND ADMINISTRATIVE EXPENSES BY DIVISION

 
      Three months ended February 28, 2018
      Retail Pharmacy     Retail Pharmacy     Pharmaceutical           Walgreens Boots
      USA     International     Wholesale     Eliminations     Alliance, Inc.
Selling, general and administrative expenses (GAAP)     $ 4,865       $ 1,042       $ 411       $       $ 6,318  
Acquisition-related amortization     (56 )     (28 )     (21 )           (105 )
Acquisition-related costs     (65 )                       (65 )
Certain legal and regulatory accruals and settlements     (90 )                       (90 )
Asset recovery     15                         15  
Adjusted selling, general and administrative expenses (Non-GAAP measure)     $ 4,669       $ 1,014       $ 390       $       $ 6,073  
                               
Sales     $ 24,478       $ 3,317       $ 5,755       $ (529 )     $ 33,021  
Selling, general and administrative expenses percent to sales (GAAP)     19.9 %     31.4 %     7.1 %           19.1 %
Adjusted selling, general and administrative expenses percent to sales (Non-GAAP measure)     19.1 %     30.6 %     6.8 %           18.4 %
                                       
      Three months ended February 28, 2017
      Retail Pharmacy     Retail Pharmacy     Pharmaceutical           Walgreens Boots
      USA     International     Wholesale     Eliminations     Alliance, Inc.
Selling, general and administrative expenses (GAAP)     $ 4,756       $ 1,006       $ 362       $       $ 6,124  
Acquisition-related amortization     (38 )     (25 )     (19 )           (82 )
Acquisition-related costs     (29 )                       (29 )
Cost transformation     (316 )     (19 )     (5 )           (340 )
Adjusted selling, general and administrative expenses (Non-GAAP measure)     $ 4,373       $ 962       $ 338       $       $ 5,673  
                               
Sales     $ 21,814       $ 3,101       $ 5,030       $ (499 )     $ 29,446  
Selling, general and administrative expenses percent to sales (GAAP)     21.8 %     32.4 %     7.2 %           20.8 %
Adjusted selling, general and administrative expenses percent to sales (Non-GAAP measure)     20.0 %     31.0 %     6.7 %           19.3 %
                                       
      Six months ended February 28, 2018
      Retail Pharmacy     Retail Pharmacy     Pharmaceutical           Walgreens Boots
      USA     International     Wholesale     Eliminations     Alliance, Inc.
Selling, general and administrative expenses (GAAP)     $ 9,341       $ 2,082       $ 807       $ (5 )     $ 12,225  
Acquisition-related amortization     (94 )     (54 )     (42 )           (190 )
Acquisition-related costs     (116 )                       (116 )
Certain legal and regulatory accruals and settlements     (115 )                       (115 )
Hurricane-related costs     (40 )                       (40 )
Asset recovery     15                         15  
Adjusted selling, general and administrative expenses (Non-GAAP measure)     $ 8,991       $ 2,028       $ 765       $ (5 )     $ 11,779  
                               
Sales     $ 46,967       $ 6,400       $ 11,473       $ (1,079 )     $ 63,761  
Selling, general and administrative expenses percent to sales (GAAP)     19.9 %     32.5 %     7.0 %           19.2 %
Adjusted selling, general and administrative expenses percent to sales (Non-GAAP measure)     19.1 %     31.7 %     6.7 %           18.5 %
                                       
      Six months ended February 28, 2017
      Retail Pharmacy     Retail Pharmacy     Pharmaceutical           Walgreens Boots
      USA     International     Wholesale     Eliminations     Alliance, Inc.
Selling, general and administrative expenses (GAAP)     $ 9,090       $ 1,999       $ 721       $       $ 11,810  
Acquisition-related amortization     (75 )     (50 )     (39 )           (164 )
Acquisition-related costs     (46 )                       (46 )
Cost transformation     (388 )     (25 )     (8 )           (421 )
Adjusted selling, general and administrative expenses (Non-GAAP measure)     $ 8,581       $ 1,924       $ 674       $       $ 11,179  
                               
Sales     $ 42,473       $ 6,063       $ 10,447       $ (1,036 )     $ 57,947  
Selling, general and administrative expenses percent to sales (GAAP)     21.4 %     33.0 %     6.9 %           20.4 %
Adjusted selling, general and administrative expenses percent to sales (Non-GAAP measure)     20.2 %     31.7 %     6.5 %           19.3 %
                                       

EQUITY EARNINGS IN AMERISOURCEBERGEN

 
      Three months ended     Six months ended
      February 28,     February 28,
      2018   2017     2018   2017

Equity earnings in AmerisourceBergen (GAAP)

    $ 202     $ 42       $ 90     $ 59  
Litigation settlements and other     5           178      
Acquisition-related amortization     29     32       57     55  
Early debt extinguishment     5           5      
Change in fair market value of AmerisourceBergen warrants                   30  
LIFO provision         5       (12 )   (7 )
U.S. tax law changes     (152 )         (152 )    
Adjusted equity earnings in AmerisourceBergen (Non-GAAP measure)     $ 89     $ 79       $ 166     $ 137  
                                     

OPERATING INCOME BY DIVISION

 
      Three months ended February 28, 2018
      Retail Pharmacy     Retail Pharmacy     Pharmaceutical           Walgreens Boots
      USA     International    

Wholesale1

    Eliminations     Alliance, Inc.
Operating income (GAAP)     $ 1,402       $ 252       $ 323       $ 3       $ 1,980  
Acquisition-related amortization     64       28       21             113  
Acquisition-related costs     65                         65  
Certain legal and regulatory accruals and settlements     90                         90  
LIFO provision     43                         43  
Adjustments to equity earnings in AmerisourceBergen                 (113 )           (113 )
Asset recovery     (15 )                       (15 )
Adjusted operating income

(Non-GAAP measure)

    $ 1,649       $ 280       $ 231       $ 3       $ 2,163  
                               
Sales     $ 24,478       $ 3,317       $ 5,755       $ (529 )     $ 33,021  
Operating margin (GAAP)2     5.7 %     7.6 %     2.1 %           5.4 %
Adjusted operating margin (Non-GAAP measure)2     6.7 %     8.4 %     2.5 %           6.3 %
                                       
      Three months ended February 28, 2017
      Retail Pharmacy     Retail Pharmacy     Pharmaceutical           Walgreens Boots
      USA     International    

Wholesale1

    Eliminations     Alliance, Inc.
Operating income (GAAP)     $ 1,120       $ 198       $ 165       $ (4 )     $ 1,479  
Acquisition-related amortization     38       25       19             82  
Acquisition-related costs     29                         29  
LIFO provision     49                         49  
Adjustments to equity earnings in AmerisourceBergen                 37             37  
Cost transformation     316       19       5             340  
Adjusted operating income

(Non-GAAP measure)

    $ 1,552       $ 242       $ 226       $ (4 )     $ 2,016  
                               
Sales     $ 21,814       $ 3,101       $ 5,030       $ (499 )     $ 29,446  
Operating margin (GAAP)2     5.1 %     6.4 %     2.4 %           4.9 %
Adjusted operating margin (Non-GAAP measure)2     7.1 %     7.8 %     2.9 %           6.6 %
                                       
      Six months ended February 28, 2018
      Retail Pharmacy     Retail Pharmacy     Pharmaceutical           Walgreens Boots
      USA     International    

Wholesale1

    Eliminations     Alliance, Inc.
Operating income (GAAP)     $ 2,528       $ 436       $ 337       $ 1       $ 3,302  
Acquisition-related amortization     102       54       42             198  
Acquisition-related costs     116                         116  
Certain legal and regulatory accruals and settlements     115                         115  
LIFO provision     97                         97  
Hurricane-related costs     83                         83  
Adjustments to equity earnings in AmerisourceBergen                 76             76  
Asset recovery     (15 )                       (15 )
Adjusted operating income

(Non-GAAP measure)

    $ 3,026       $ 490       $ 455       $ 1       $ 3,972  
                               
Sales     $ 46,967       $ 6,400       $ 11,473       $ (1,079 )     $ 63,761  
Operating margin (GAAP)2     5.4 %     6.8 %     2.2 %           5.0 %
Adjusted operating margin (Non-GAAP measure)2     6.4 %     7.7 %     2.5 %           6.0 %
                                       
      Six months ended February 28, 2017
      Retail Pharmacy     Retail Pharmacy     Pharmaceutical           Walgreens Boots
      USA     International    

Wholesale1

    Eliminations     Alliance, Inc.
Operating income (GAAP)     $ 2,225       $ 380       $ 325       $ (4 )     $ 2,926  
Acquisition-related amortization     75       50       39             164  
Acquisition-related costs     46                         46  
LIFO provision     107                         107  
Adjustments to equity earnings in AmerisourceBergen                 78             78  
Cost transformation     388       25       8             421  
Adjusted operating income

(Non-GAAP measure)

    $ 2,841       $ 455       $ 450       $ (4 )     $ 3,742  
                               
Sales     $ 42,473       $ 6,063       $ 10,447       $ (1,036 )     $ 57,947  
Operating margin (GAAP)2     5.2 %     6.3 %     2.5 %           4.9 %
Adjusted operating margin (Non-GAAP measure)2     6.7 %     7.5 %     3.0 %           6.2 %
1   Operating income for Pharmaceutical Wholesale includes equity earnings in AmerisourceBergen. As a result of the two month reporting lag, operating income for the three and six month periods ended February 28, 2018 includes AmerisourceBergen equity earnings for the periods of October 1, 2017 through December 31, 2017 and July 1, 2017 through December 31, 2017, respectively. Operating income for the three and six month periods ended February 28, 2017 includes AmerisourceBergen equity earnings for the periods of October 1, 2016 through December 31, 2016 and July 1, 2016 through December 31, 2016, respectively.
2   Operating margins and adjusted operating margins have been calculated excluding equity earnings in AmerisourceBergen.
     

ADJUSTED EFFECTIVE TAX RATE1

 
      Three months ended February 28, 2018     Three months ended February 28, 2017
      Earnings                 Earnings            
      before                 before            
      income tax           Effective     income tax          

Effective

      provision     Income tax     tax Rate     provision     Income tax    

tax Rate

Effective tax rate (GAAP)     $ 1,838       $ 503       27.4 %     $ 1,292       $ 246       19.0 %
Impact of non-GAAP adjustments     189       39             600       149        
U.S. tax law changes           (184 )                        
Equity method non-cash           (61 )                 (8 )      
Adjusted tax rate true-up           23                   43        
Subtotal     $ 2,027       $ 320             $ 1,892       $ 430        
                                     
Exclude adjusted equity earnings in AmerisourceBergen     (89 )                 (79 )            
Adjusted effective tax rate excluding adjusted equity earnings in AmerisourceBergen (Non-GAAP measure)     $ 1,938       $ 320       16.5 %     $ 1,813       $ 430       23.7 %
                                                         
      Six months ended February 28, 2018     Six months ended February 28, 2017
      Earnings                 Earnings            
      before                 before            
      income tax           Effective     income tax           Effective
      provision     Income tax     Tax Rate     provision     Income tax     Tax Rate
Effective tax rate (GAAP)     $ 2,874       $ 730       25.4 %     $ 2,567       $ 466       18.2 %
Impact of non-GAAP adjustments     836       142             919       222        
U.S. tax law changes           (184 )                        
Equity method non-cash           (11 )                 (10 )      
UK tax rate change                             77        
Adjusted tax rate true-up           43                   67        
Subtotal     $ 3,710       $ 720             $ 3,486       $ 822        
                                     
Exclude adjusted equity earnings in AmerisourceBergen     (166 )                 (137 )            
Adjusted effective tax rate excluding adjusted equity earnings in AmerisourceBergen (Non-GAAP measure)     $ 3,544       $ 720       20.3 %     $ 3,349       $ 822       24.5 %
1 A change to the presentation of these tables was made to reflect the tax impact of non-GAAP excluded items as a single adjustment for the three and six months ended February, 2018 and 2017. No change in calculation methodology was made.
 

FREE CASH FLOW

 
      Three months ended     Six months ended
      February 28,     February 28,
      2018   2017     2018   2017
Net cash provided by operating activities (GAAP)     $ 2,215     $ 2,857       $ 3,176     $ 3,382  
Less: Additions to property, plant and equipment     (288 )   (261 )     (666 )   (639 )
Free cash flow (Non-GAAP measure)1     $ 1,927     $ 2,596       $ 2,510     $ 2,743  
1   Free cash flow is defined as net cash provided by operating activities in a period less additions to property, plant and equipment (capital expenditures) made in that period. This measure does not represent residual cash flows available for discretionary expenditures as the measure does not deduct the payments required for debt service and other contractual obligations or payments for future business acquisitions. Therefore, we believe it is important to view free cash flow as a measure that provides supplemental information to our entire statements of cash flows.

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