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Intuitive Surgical (ISRG) Announces Fourth Quarter Earnings

SUNNYVALE, Calif., Jan. 21, 2010 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Intuitive Surgical, Inc. (Nasdaq:ISRG), the industry leader in surgical robotics, today reported fourth quarter of 2009 revenue of $323.0 million, up 40% compared with $231.5 million for the fourth quarter of 2008. Fourth quarter of 2009 revenue growth was driven by continued robotic procedure adoption and higher da Vinci Surgical System sales.

Fourth quarter of 2009 instruments and accessories revenue increased 39% to $113.3 million from $81.6 million in the fourth quarter of 2008. The growth in instruments and accessories revenue was primarily driven by growth in da Vinci surgical procedures of approximately 44%. Fourth quarter of 2009 systems revenue was $162.0 million, an increase of 42%, compared to $113.8 million during the fourth quarter of 2008. Fourth quarter of 2009 service revenue increased 32% to $47.8 million from $36.2 million during the fourth quarter of 2008, reflecting growth in the installed base of da Vinci Surgical Systems.

Fourth quarter of 2009 operating income increased to $128.4 million from $82.7 million during the fourth quarter of 2008. Operating results for the fourth quarter of 2009 included $25.0 million of non-cash stock-based compensation expense compared with $21.4 million for the fourth quarter of 2008.

Fourth quarter of 2009 net income was $77.6 million, or $1.95 per diluted share, compared with $50.8 million, or $1.27 per diluted share for the fourth quarter of 2008.

Revenue for the year ended December 31, 2009 totaled $1,052.2 million, increasing 20% from $874.9 million for the year ended December 31, 2008. Net income for the year ended December 31, 2009 was $232.6 million, or $5.93 per diluted share, compared to net income of $204.3 million, or $5.12 per diluted share for the year ended December 31, 2008.

Intuitive Surgical ended the fourth quarter of 2009 with cash, cash equivalents and investments of $1,172 million, up $148 million from the previous quarter.

Commenting on the announcement, Gary Guthart, President and CEO of Intuitive Surgical, said, “We are pleased with the performance of our team in the fourth quarter, our procedure growth, and as a consequence, our financial results. Led by outstanding patient outcomes, robotic surgery adoption with patients and the medical community at large continues to grow.”

The Company will also announce these results at a conference call today at 1:30 pm PST. The dial-in numbers for the call are 877-909-3508 for participants located in the United States and 517-645-6051 for participants located outside the United States. The passcode is ISRG and the meeting leader is Mr. Gary Guthart. To access financial information that will be discussed on the call, please visit Intuitive Surgical’s website at www.intuitivesurgical.com.

About Intuitive’s Products

Intuitive Surgical, Inc. (Nasdaq:ISRG), headquartered in Sunnyvale, California, is the global technology leader in robotic-assisted, minimally invasive surgery. Intuitive Surgical develops, manufactures, and markets robotic technologies designed to improve clinical outcomes and help patients return more quickly to active and productive lives. The Company’s mission is to extend the benefits of minimally invasive surgery to the broadest possible base of patients. Intuitive Surgical — Taking surgery beyond the limits of the human hand™.

About the da Vinci® Surgical System

The da Vinci® System is a breakthrough surgical platform designed to enable complex surgery using a minimally invasive approach. The da Vinci® System consists of an ergonomic surgeon console or consoles, a patient-side cart with four interactive robotic arms, a high-performance vision system and proprietary EndoWrist® instruments. Powered by state-of-the-art robotic and computer technology, the da Vinci® System is designed to scale, filter and seamlessly translate the surgeon’s hand movements into more precise movements of the EndoWrist® instruments. The net result is an intuitive interface with breakthrough surgical capabilities. By providing surgeons with superior visualization, enhanced dexterity, greater precision and ergonomic comfort, the da Vinci Surgical System makes it possible for more surgeons to perform minimally invasive procedures involving complex dissection or reconstruction. This ultimately has the potential to raise the standard of care for complex surgeries, translating into numerous potential patient benefits, including less pain, a shorter recovery and quicker return to normal daily activities.

Intuitive®, da Vinci®, da Vinci S®, da Vinci® Si™, InSite® and EndoWrist® are trademarks or registered trademarks of Intuitive Surgical, Inc.

This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements are necessarily estimates reflecting the best judgment of our management and involve a number of risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those suggested by the forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements should, therefore, be considered in light of various important factors, including the following: the impact of the global economic recession and tight credit market and related impact on health care spending; possible health care reform in the United States and its implications on hospital spending, reimbursement, and fees which may be levied on certain medical device companies; timing and success of product development and market acceptance of developed products; regulatory approvals, clearances and restrictions; guidelines and recommendations in the health care and patient communities; intellectual property positions and litigation; competition in the medical device industry and in the specific markets of surgery in which Intuitive Surgical operates; unanticipated manufacturing disruptions; delays in regulatory approvals of new manufacturing facilities or the inability to meet demand for products, the results of the year end audit, and the other factors under the heading “Risk Factors” in our report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2008, as updated from time to time by our quarterly reports on Form 10-Q and our other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Statements concerning forecasts, revenue growth, procedure growth, future financial results, and statements using words such as “estimate”, “project”, “plan”, “intend”, “expect”, “anticipate”, “believe” and similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements. You are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date of this press release. We undertake no obligation to publicly update or release any revisions to these forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances after the date of this press release or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events.

INTUITIVE SURGICAL, INC.
UNAUDITED QUARTERLY CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME
(IN THOUSANDS, EXCEPT PER SHARE DATA)
Three months ended
December 31, September 30, December 31,
2009 2009 2008
Revenue:
Instruments & Accessories $113,268 $100,822 $81,575
Systems 161,956 135,459 113,752
Services 47,814 43,853 36,218
Total revenue (1) 323,038 280,134 231,545
Cost of revenue:
Products 71,418 65,336 51,669
Services 18,461 15,794 14,536
Total cost of revenue (2) 89,879 81,130 66,205
Gross profit 233,159 199,004 165,340
Operating expenses:
Selling, general and administrative 79,006 69,863 61,739
Research and development (3) 25,771 24,650 20,864
Total operating expenses (2) 104,777 94,513 82,603
Income from operations 128,382 104,491 82,737
Interest and other income, net 4,123 4,362 5,525
Income before income taxes 132,505 108,853 88,262
Provision for income taxes 54,953 44,329 37,504
Net lncome $77,552 $64,524 $50,758
Earnings per share:
Basic $2.02 $1.69 $1.30
Diluted (1) $1.95 $1.64 $1.27
Shares used in computing earnings per share:
Basic 38,329 38,083 39,138
Diluted 39,683 39,245 39,837
(1) The Company offered certain customers the opportunity to upgrade the da Vinci S Surgical Systems purchased during the first quarter of 2009 to the recently introduced da Vinci Si Surgical Systems, at a discount from the list price of the upgrade. These customers were also given the opportunity to return certain da Vinci S accessories in exchange for da Vinci Si accessories. The customers were given until June 30, 2009 to accept the offer. As of March 31, 2009, the Company had deferred $20.1 million associated with these offers.

In the second quarter of 2009, the Company recognized $13.8 million of revenue originally deferred in the first quarter and associated with offers declined, upgrades completed or accessories delivered. In the third quarter of 2009, the Company recognized the remaining $6.3 million of revenue originally deferred in the first quarter and associated with upgrades completed or accessories delivered. Excluding the $6.3 million of revenue recognized, the total revenue and diluted earnings per share during the three months ended September 30, 2009 was $273.9 million and $1.55, respectively.

(2) Includes stock compensation expense of $3.7 million, $3.7 million, and $3.1 million in total cost of revenue and $21.3 million, $20.9 million, and $18.3 million in total operating expenses for the three months ended December 31, 2009, September 30, 2009, and December 31, 2008, respectively.
(3) Includes amortization of purchased intellectual property of $3.6 million, $3.6 million and $3.2 million in research and development expenses for the three months ended December 31, 2009, September 30, 2009, and December 31, 2008, respectively.
INTUITIVE SURGICAL, INC.
UNAUDITED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME
(IN THOUSANDS, EXCEPT PER SHARE DATA)
Year Ended
December 31,
2009 2008
Revenue:
Instruments & Accessories $389,445 $292,989
Systems 490,456 455,336
Services 172,267 126,594
Total revenue 1,052,168 874,919
Cost of revenue:
Products 237,562 200,074
Services 63,554 54,068
Total cost of revenue (1) 301,116 254,142
Gross profit 751,052 620,777
Operating expenses:
Selling, general and administrative 278,511 230,570
Research and development (2) 95,102 79,372
Total operating expenses (1) 373,613 309,942
Income from operations 377,439 310,835
Interest and other income, net 18,672 24,368
Income before income taxes 396,111 335,203
Provision for income taxes 163,505 130,888
Net lncome $232,606 $204,315
Earnings per share:
Basic $6.07 $5.26
Diluted $5.93 $5.12
Shares used in computing earnings per share:
Basic 38,298 38,877
Diluted 39,205 39,943
(1) Includes stock compensation expense of $14.3 million and $11.4 million in total cost of revenue and $82.7 million and $65.3 million in total operating expenses for the years ended December 31, 2009 and 2008, respectively.
(2) Includes amortization of purchased intellectual property of $14.4 million and $9.1 million in research and development expenses for the years ended December 31, 2009 and 2008, respectively.
INTUITIVE SURGICAL, INC.

UNAUDITED CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEET

(IN THOUSANDS)

12/31/2009 9/30/2009 12/31/2008
Cash, cash equivalents, and investments $1,171,980 $1,023,984 $901,873
Accounts receivable, net 205,384 186,530 170,107
Inventory 57,600 56,646 63,460
Property and equipment, net 125,741 122,865 117,021
Goodwill 110,740 110,740 110,740
Deferred tax assets 60,680 60,257 45,357
Other assets 77,591 76,789 66,066
Total assets $1,809,716 $1,637,811 $1,474,624
Accounts payable and other accrued liabilities $171,916 $155,924 $128,606
Deferred revenue 100,517 91,625 79,252
Total liabilities 272,433 247,549 207,858
Stockholders’ equity 1,537,283 1,390,262 1,266,766
Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity $1,809,716 $1,637,811 $1,474,624
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