2021 Week 11: AbbVie Inc (NYSE: ABBV)

Portfolio Update

The FiveTwenty portfolio received $18.70 in the past week. WBA paid it’s quarterly dividend during the week.

Past Week Dividend$18.70
Current Quarter Dividend$84.57
Estimated Annual Dividend$741.17
LifeTime Dividend$84.57
Dividend Scorecard

The capital allocation for the week of 03/14/2021 to 03/20/2021 will be used to add to our position in AbbVie Inc (NYSE: ABBV)

ABBV – Update

Since out last check-in on ABBV in week 4 of 2021, the company reported Q4 and full year 2020 earnings on 02/03/2021. Additionally the share price has been more or less flat closing at $108.22 on 03/12/2021 compared to a close of $110.86 on 01/22/2021, 2.3% decline.

TTM10-year median
Dividend Streak49* years
Yield4.47% (MRD 4.81%)3.41%
Payout Ratio46.05%** (reported 191%)79%
P/E10.29** (reported 37.84)20.26
Entry Criteria Scorecard

* includes the dividend streak ABT before ABBV was spun off, as in independent company the streak if 9 years
** computed using TTM adjusted EPS of $10.56 as of Q4 2020

With no share price appreciation and a 32% increase on adjusted EPS between Q4 2019 and Q4 2020, ABBV’s entry criteria scorecard looks better now than it did in week 4 of 2021. TTM payout ratio and P/E are lower, and yield has gone up. Now that we established that all entry criteria are flashing green, let us check out the Q4 2020 earnings report.

Q4 and FY 2020 earnings report

Did ABBV’s latest earnings report have any warning signs?

Compared to the previous year, ABBV posted impressive growth in revenue (+37.69%), adjusted net earnings (+33.45%), and adjusted EPS (+18.12%) for both Q4 and full FY 2020. A major source of the growth was the Allergan acquisition that closed on 05/08/2020. The smaller growth rate for adjusted EPS is due to the fact that ABBV paid for a portion of the Allergan acquisition with shares and thereby increase the total number of shares outstanding.

(in millions)
adj. net income
(in millions)
adj. EPS
2019$33 266$13 324$8.94
2020$45 804$17 781$10.56

Furthermore, the adjusted EPS for both Q4 and full FY 2020 came in ahead of estimates. The adjusted EPS of $10.56 per share beat the consensus analyst estimates of $10.48 per shares. Additionally, the numbers beat the company’s guidance from the Q3 2020 earnings report of adjusted EPS between $10.47-$10.49.

On the product front the earnings report contained a number of positive developments.

The European Commission approved Rinvoq for treatment of psoriatic arthritis and active spondylitis. Rinvoq showed superiority over competitor drug Dupixent in treating atopic dermatitis, and positive results for treating ulcerative colitis.

Additionally, ABBV announced positive top-line results for Phase 3 studies involving Skyrizi. Also in Q4 the company recorded a $4.7 billion increase in the Skyrizi contingent consideration liability. The increase was prompted by “higher estimated future sales driven by stronger market share uptake and favorable clinical trial results as well as lower interest rates.”


Why are we adding to the FiveTwenty portfolio’s position in ABBV?

We believe that the current yield and valuation continue to present and attractive opportunity to acquire shares in the company. Additionally, the Q4 earnings report showed that ABBV is making good progress on its plans to absorb the financial impact of Humira losing patent protection in the US in 2023.

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