10-K 1 d259928d10k.htm FORM 10-K Form 10-K
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UNITED STATES SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

Washington, D.C. 20549

Form 10-K

 

For the fiscal year ended December 31, 2011
þ   

ANNUAL REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d)

OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934

For the fiscal year ended December 31, 2011
OR
¨   

TRANSITION REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d)

OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934

   For the transition period from                 to

Commission file number 001-13305

WATSON PHARMACEUTICALS, INC.

(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)

 

Nevada   95-3872914

(State or other jurisdiction of

incorporation or organization)

 

(I.R.S. Employer

Identification No.)

Morris Corporate Center III, 400 Interpace Parkway, Parsippany, NJ 07054

(Address of principal executive offices, including ZIP code)

(862) 261-7000

(Registrant’s telephone number, including area code)

Securities registered pursuant to Section 12(b) of the Act:

 

Title of Each Class

 

Name of Each Exchange on Which Registered

Common Stock, $0.0033 par value   New York Stock Exchange

Securities registered pursuant to Section 12(g) of the Act:

None

Indicate by check mark if the registrant is a well known seasoned issuer (as defined in Rule 405 of the Securities Act).    Yes  þ            No  ¨

Indicate by check mark if the registrant is not required to file reports pursuant to Section 13 or Section 15(d) of the Act.    Yes  ¨            No  þ

Indicate by check mark whether the Registrant (1) has filed all reports required to be filed by Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 during the preceding 12 months (or for such shorter period that the Registrant was required to file such reports), and (2) has been subject to such filing requirements for the past 90 days:    Yes  þ             No  ¨

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant has submitted electronically and posted on its corporate Web site, if any, every Interactive Data File required to be submitted and posted pursuant to Rule 405 of Regulation S-T during the preceding 12 months (or for such shorter period that the registrant was required to file such reports), and (2) has been subject to such filing requirements for the past 90 days.    Yes  þ            No  ¨

Indicate by check mark if disclosure of delinquent filers pursuant to Item 405 of Regulation S-K is not contained herein, and will not be contained, to the best of Registrant’s knowledge, in definitive proxy or information statements incorporated by reference in Part III of this Form 10-K or any amendment to this Form 10-K.  þ

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a large accelerated filer, an accelerated filer, a non-accelerated filer, or a smaller reporting company. See the definitions of “large accelerated filer,” “accelerated filer” and “smaller reporting company” in Rule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act. (Check one):

 

Large accelerated filer  þ   Accelerated filer  ¨   Non-accelerated filer  ¨   Smaller reporting company  ¨
  (Do not check if a smaller reporting company)

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a shell company (as defined in Rule 12b-2 of the Act).    Yes  ¨    No  þ

Aggregate market value of Common Stock held by non-affiliates of the Registrant, as of June 30, 2011:

$8,721,767,000 based on the last reported sales price on the New York Stock Exchange

Number of shares of Registrant’s Common Stock outstanding on January 31, 2012: 127,165,346

DOCUMENTS INCORPORATED BY REFERENCE

Part III incorporates certain information by reference from the registrant’s proxy statement for the 2012 Annual Meeting of Stockholders, to be held on May 11, 2012. Such proxy statement will be filed no later than 120 days after the close of the registrant’s fiscal year ended December 31, 2011.

 

 

 


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WATSON PHARMACEUTICALS, INC.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

FORM 10-K FOR THE YEAR ENDED DECEMBER 31, 2011

 

           PAGE  
PART I   
ITEM 1.  

Business

     3   
ITEM 1A.  

Risk Factors

     22   
ITEM 1B.  

Unresolved Staff Comments

     39   
ITEM 2.  

Properties

     40   
ITEM 3.  

Legal Proceedings

     41   
ITEM 4.  

Not Applicable

     41   
PART II   
ITEM 5.   Market for Registrant’s Common Equity, Related Stockholder Matters and Issuer  Purchases of Equity Securities      42   
ITEM 6.  

Selected Financial Data

     44   
ITEM 7.  

Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations

     44   
ITEM 7A.  

Quantative and Qualitative Disclosures About Market Risk

     68   
ITEM 8.  

Financial Statements and Supplementary Data

     69   
ITEM 9.  

Changes in and Disagreements With Accountants on Accounting and Financial Disclosure

     69   
ITEM 9A.  

Controls and Procedures

     69   
ITEM 9B.  

Other Information

     70   
PART III   
ITEM 10.  

Directors and Executive Officers of the Registrant

     71   
ITEM 11.  

Executive Compensation

     73   
ITEM 12.  

Security Ownership of Certain Beneficial Owners and Management

     73   
ITEM 13.  

Certain Relationships and Related Transactions

     73   
ITEM 14.  

Principal Accounting Fees and Services

     73   
PART IV   
ITEM 15.  

Exhibits, Financial Statement Schedules

     74   
SIGNATURES      75   

 

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PART I

 

ITEM 1. BUSINESS

Business Overview

Watson Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (“Watson”, the “Company”, “we”, “us” or “our”) is a leading integrated global pharmaceutical company engaged in the development, manufacturing, marketing, sale and distribution of generic and brand pharmaceutical products. We operate in key international markets including Western Europe, Canada, Australasia, Asia, South America and South Africa with our primary commercial market being the United States of America (“U.S.”). As of December 31, 2011, we marketed approximately 160 generic pharmaceutical product families and approximately 30 brand pharmaceutical product families in the U.S. and a significant number of product families internationally through our Global Generics and Global Brands Divisions, respectively, and distributed approximately 9,960 stock-keeping units (“SKUs”) through our Distribution Division.

Our principal executive offices are located at Morris Corporate Center III, 400 Interpace Parkway, Parsippany, NJ 07054. Our Internet website address is www.watson.com. We do not intend this website address to be an active link or to otherwise incorporate by reference the contents of the website into this report. Our annual reports on Form 10-K, quarterly reports on Form 10-Q and current reports on Form 8-K, and all amendments thereto are available free of charge on our Internet website. These reports are posted on our website as soon as reasonably practicable after such reports are electronically filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”). The public may read and copy any materials that we file with the SEC at the SEC’s Public Reference Room or electronically through the SEC website (www.sec.gov). Within the Investors section of our website, we provide information concerning corporate governance, including our Corporate Governance Guidelines, Board Committee Charters and Composition, Code of Conduct and other information. See “ITEM 1A. RISK FACTORS-CAUTIONARY NOTE REGARDING FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS” in this Annual Report on Form 10-K (“Annual Report”).

In 2011 and early 2012, Watson Pharmaceuticals completed acquisitions and engaged in collaborations intended to expand its global generics and biosimilars development and commercial capabilities.

Acquisition of Ascent Pharmahealth Ltd.

On January 24, 2012, we completed the acquisition of Ascent Pharmahealth Ltd., the Australia and Southeast Asia generic pharmaceutical business of Strides Arcolab Ltd, for AU$375.0 million in cash, or approximately $393.0 million. The transaction was funded using cash-on-hand and borrowings from the Company’s revolving credit facility. As a result of the acquisition, Watson enhances its commercial presence in Australia and we gain a selling and marketing capability in Southeast Asia through Ascent’s line of branded-generic and over-the-counter products.

Biosimilars Collaboration with Amgen

On December 19, 2011, Watson Laboratories, Inc. entered into a collaboration agreement with Amgen, Inc. to develop and commercialize, on a worldwide basis, several oncology antibody biosimilar medicines. Under the terms of the agreement, Amgen will assume primary responsibility for developing, manufacturing and initially commercializing the oncology antibody products. Watson will contribute up to $400.0 million in co-development costs over the course of development, including the provision of development support, and will share product development risks. In addition, we will contribute our significant expertise in the commercialization and marketing of products in highly competitive specialty and generic markets, including helping effectively manage the lifecycle of the biosimilar products. The collaboration products are expected to be sold under a joint Amgen/Watson label. We will initially receive royalties and sales milestones from product revenues. The collaboration will not pursue biosimilars of Amgen’s proprietary products.

Acquisition of Specifar Pharmaceuticals

On May 25, 2011, we completed the acquisition of Specifar Pharmaceuticals, a privately-held multinational generic pharmaceutical company for €400.0 million, or approximately $561.7 million in cash, subject to a net of

 

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working capital adjustment of €1.5 million, or approximately $2.2 million. As a result of the acquisition, we enhanced our commercial presence in key European markets through Specifar’s portfolio of approved products. The transaction also gave Watson a strong branded-generic commercial presence in the Greek pharmaceutical market.

Under the terms of the acquisition agreement, Specifar’s former owners could receive additional consideration based upon future profits of esomeprazole tablets during its first five years of sales, up to a maximum of €40.0 million. Watson funded the transaction using cash on hand and borrowings from its revolving credit facility.

Business Description

Prescription pharmaceutical products in the U.S. generally are marketed as either generic or brand pharmaceuticals. Generic pharmaceutical products are bioequivalents of their respective brand products, or in cases of protein-based biologic therapies, biosimilar, and provide a cost-efficient alternative to brand products. Brand pharmaceutical products are marketed under brand names through programs that are designed to generate physician and consumer loyalty. Through our Distribution Segment, we distribute pharmaceutical products, primarily generics, which have been commercialized by us and others, to pharmacies and physicians’ offices. As a result of the differences between the types of products we market and/or distribute and the methods we distribute these products, we operate and manage our business as three distinct operating segments: Global Generics, Global Brands and Distribution. Outside the U.S., our operations are primarily in Western Europe, Canada and Australia. In many of these markets, there is limited generic substitution by pharmacists and as a result, products are often promoted to pharmacies. Therefore, physician and pharmacist loyalty to a specific company’s generic product can be a significant factor in obtaining market share.

Business Strategy

We apply three key strategies to achieve growth for our Global Generics and Global Brands pharmaceutical businesses: (i) internal development of differentiated and high-demand products, including, in certain circumstances, challenging patents associated with these products, (ii) establishment of strategic alliances and collaborations and (iii) acquisition of products and companies that complement our current business. We believe our three-pronged strategy will allow us to expand both our brand and generic product offerings globally. Our Distribution business distributes products for over 360 suppliers and is focused on providing next-day delivery and responsive service to its customers. Our Distribution business also distributes a number of Watson generic and brand products. Growth in our Distribution business will be largely dependent upon FDA approval of new generic products in the U.S. and expansion of our base of suppliers.

We have commercial operations in a number of established international markets with the opportunity for rapid growth in many emerging markets around the world. We believe a global presence will allow us to expand our revenue base and manage risk through diversification. We expect to capitalize on opportunities for growth within these new markets. Additionally, we will continue to look for opportunities to enhance these capabilities through further strategic collaborations or acquisitions, including our recent partnership with Amgen to develop and commercialize biosimilar oncology products.

Based upon business conditions, our financial strength and other factors, we regularly reexamine our business strategies and may change them at anytime. See “ITEM 1A. RISK FACTORS — Risks Related to Our Business” in this Annual Report.

Global Generics Segment

Watson is a leader in the development, manufacturing and sale of generic pharmaceutical products. In certain cases where patents or other regulatory exclusivity no longer protect a brand product, or other opportunities might exist, Watson seeks to introduce generic counterparts to the brand product. These generic products are bioequivalent to their brand name counterparts and are generally sold at significantly lower prices than the brand product. As such, generic pharmaceuticals provide an effective and cost-efficient alternative to brand products. Our portfolio of generic products includes products we have developed internally, licensed from and distribute for third parties. Net revenues in our Global Generics segment accounted for $3.4 billion or

 

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approximately 73.4% of our total net revenues in 2011. As of December 31, 2011, our global generics business in the U.S. remains the dominant source of revenue for the Company with approximately 84% of total generic net revenue coming from our U.S. businesses.

Global Generics Strategy

Our Global Generics business is focused on maintaining a leading position within the U.S. generics market and strengthening our global position by offering a consistent and reliable supply of quality products. We are leveraging our broad product line by expanding commercial operations outside of the U.S.

Our strategy in the U.S. is to develop generic pharmaceuticals that are difficult to formulate or manufacture or will complement or broaden our existing product lines. Internationally, we seek to grow our market share in key markets while expanding our presence in new markets. We plan to accomplish this through new product launches, filing existing products overseas and in-licensing products through acquisitions and strategic alliances. Since the sales and unit volumes of our brand products will likely decrease upon the introduction of generic alternatives, we also intend to market generic alternatives to our brand products where market conditions and the competitive environment justify such activities. Additionally, we distribute generic versions of third parties’ brand products (sometimes known as “Authorized Generics”) to the extent such arrangements are complementary to our core business.

We have maintained an ongoing effort to enhance efficiencies and reduce costs in our manufacturing operations. Execution of these initiatives will allow us to maintain competitive pricing of our products.

Global Generics Business Development

In conjunction with our strategy to grow and expand internationally and diversify our business, on October 4, 2010, we announced a partnership with Moksha8 Pharmaceuticals Inc. (“Moksha8”) for Moksha8 to market a select number of our products in Latin America, specifically in the two largest Latin American markets of Brazil and Mexico. Watson agreed to make an initial $30.0 million investment in exchange for a significant minority ownership position in Moksha8. In conjunction with our investment in Moksha8, we have also designated a representative to serve as a member of the Moksha8 board of directors. Watson will manufacture and supply select products to Moksha8, which will have exclusive rights to market, sell and distribute these products in Brazil and Mexico. Moksha8 and Watson have initially identified approximately one dozen product candidates, with the opportunity to expand the commercialization and marketing agreement to include additional products in the future. Initial product launches began in the first half of 2011.

Watson has entered into exclusive agreements with Ortho-McNeil-Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (“OMJPI”) and Pfizer, Inc. (“Pfizer”), to market the authorized Generic version of Concerta® (methylphenidate hydrochloride) and Lipitor® (atorvastatin), respectively. Under the terms of the agreements, OMJPI and Pfizer supply Watson with product. Watson launched its Authorized Generic of Concerta® and Lipitor® on May 1, 2011 and November 30, 2011, respectively.

 

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Global Generics Product Portfolio

Our U.S. portfolio of approximately 160 generic pharmaceutical product families includes the following key products which represented approximately 67% of total Global Generics segment product revenues in 2011:

 

Watson Generic Product

  

Comparable Brand Name

  

Therapeutic Classification

Atorvastatin    Lipitor®    Adjunct to reduce elevated
levels of cholesterol
Azurette®    Mircette®    Oral contraceptive
Bupropion hydrochloride SR    Zyban®    Aid to smoking cessation
Bupropion hydrochloride SR    Wellbutrin SR®    Anti-depressant
Bupropion hydrochloride ER    Wellbutrin XL®    Anti-depressant
Desmopressin acetate    DDAVP®    Antidiuretic
Diclofenac sodium DR    Voltaren®    Osteoarthritis and rheumatoid
arthritis
Diltizem hydrochloride ER    Cardizem® LA    Calcium channel blocker
Dronabinol    Marinol®    Antiemetic
Fentanyl transdermal system    Duragesic®    Analgesic/narcotic combination
Glipizide ER    Glucotrol XL®    Anti-diabetic
Hydrocodone bitartrate/    Lorcet®, Vicodin®,    Analgesic
acetaminophen    Lortab®, Norco®/Anexsia®   
Levora®    Nordette®    Oral contraceptive
Low-Ogestrel®    Lo-Ovral™    Oral contraceptive
Lutera®    Alesse®    Oral contraceptive
Methylphenidate ER    Concerta®    Hypertension, attention-deficit/
hyperactivity disorder
Metoprolol succinate    Toprol XL®    Anti-hypertensive
Microgestin®/Microgestin® Fe    Loestrin®/Loestrin® Fe    Oral contraceptive
Necon®    Ortho-Novum®, Modicon®    Oral contraceptive
Next Choice®    Plan B®    Emergency oral contraceptive
Nicotine polacrilex gum    Nicorette®    Aid to smoking cessation
Oxycodone hydrochloride/ acetaminophen    Percocet®    Analgesic
Potassium chloride XR    Micro-K®    Hypokalemia
Potassium chloride ER    K-Dur®    Hypokalemia
Quasense®    Seasonale®    Oral contraceptive
Reclipsen®    Ortho-Cept®    Oral contraceptive
Taztia XT™    Tiazac®    Anti-hypertensive
TriNessa®    Ortho Tri-Cyclen®    Oral contraceptive
Trivora®    Triphasil®    Oral contraceptive
Zarah®    Yasmin®    Oral contraceptive
Zovia®    Demulen®    Oral contraceptive

In the U.S., we predominantly market our generic products to various drug wholesalers, mail order, government and national retail drug and food store chains utilizing 22 sales and marketing professionals. We sell our generic prescription products primarily under the “Watson Laboratories” and “Watson Pharma” labels, and our over-the-counter generic products under our Rugby ® label or under private label.

 

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During 2011, we expanded our generic product line with the launch of 16 generic products. Key U.S. generic launches in 2011 included atorvastatin, methylphenidate extended-release, morphine sulfate extended-release, AmethiaTM (a generic version of Seasonique®), Amethia Lo (a generic version of Lo Seasonique®), famciclovir, AmethystTM (a generic version of Lybrel®).

Watson currently has a leading U.S. market position in generic oral contraceptives with more than 30 product formulations and a 35% market share. Our top five oral contraceptives, NextChoiceTM, Microgestin®, TriNessa ®, Necon ® and Zarah ®, account for almost 50% of the total Watson oral contraceptives portfolio.

Operations in Key International Markets

Approximately 16 percent of our Global Generics revenue is derived outside the U.S. Our operations are primarily in Western Europe, Canada and Greece. In many of these markets, there is limited generic substitution by pharmacists and as a result, products are often promoted to pharmacies. Therefore, physician and pharmacist loyalty to a specific company’s generic product can be a significant factor in obtaining market share.

In 2011, governments in Europe further tightened health care budget expenditures following implementation of healthcare reforms in 2010. As a result of difficult economic conditions in many of these regions, these budget reductions had a significant impact on our industry when compared with previous years, as many governments mandated lower generic pricing as a method of cost savings for their annual health care expenditures. We expect pricing pressures to continue in many of our key international markets.

Canada

Canada’s generics market, with an estimated value of approximately $5.0 billion, is one of the largest generic markets in the world. Generic pharmaceuticals are substituted at the pharmacy. The provincial governments have direct control over pricing and reimbursement in Canada.

Watson’s Global Generics division operates in Canada as Cobalt Pharmaceuticals. We actively market 62 products in Canada and have 40 sales representatives promoting our products to pharmacies.

United Kingdom

The U.K. generics market has an estimated value of approximately $3.8 billion and is one of the world’s largest in terms of both size and generic penetration. The U.K. government has direct control over pricing and reimbursement.

We do business in the U.K. as Arrow Generics and currently market 80 different products. We also have alliances to assist in the distribution of these products.

France

France has an estimated generics market value of approximately $3.7 billion. The French government regulates and promotes generics and incentivizes pharmacists to dispense them. There are approximately 23,000 pharmacies in France. It is a strong branded generic market where substitution at the pharmacy level is limited.

We do business in France as Arrow Generiques and market 160 different molecules. We have more than 65 sales representatives calling on the individual pharmacies and hospitals. The generic market is expected to grow with physicians incentivized to prescribe generics. There are also a number of brand products losing exclusivity in 2012, which should create opportunities for growth in this market.

Greece

Greece has an estimated generics market value of approximately $1.3 billion. The Greek government regulates and promotes generics and incentivizes pharmacists to dispense them. There are approximately 10,000 pharmacies in Greece. It is a strong branded generic market where substitution at the pharmacy level is limited.

We now do business in Greece as Specifar and Alet Pharmaceuticals and market 37 different molecules. We have more than 220 sales representatives calling on the individual pharmacies. The generic market is expected to grow with pharmacies and physicians incentivized to prescribe generics. There are also a number of brand products losing exclusivity in 2012, which should create opportunities for growth in this market.

Australia

Australia has an estimated generics market value of approximately $1.8 billion and is one of the largest and fastest growing regulated pharmaceutical markets, with generics growing 8% annually. The Australian government regulates and promotes generics and has direct control over pricing and reimbursement. We

 

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anticipate this market will continue to grow based on patent expirations for a number of large brand pharmaceuticals and increased utilization of generics.

With the January 2012 acquisition of Ascent Pharmahealth Ltd., we become the fifth largest Australian generic pharmaceutical company based on revenue. Ascent markets branded-generics and over-the-counter products and is supported by a sales force of approximately 45 representatives. We also supply product to third parties through our Spirit subsidiary and our Willow Pharmaceuticals subsidiary develops, sources and markets products with an emphasis on injectables.

Global Generics Research and Development

We devote significant resources to the research and development (“R&D”) of generic products and proprietary drug delivery technologies. The Global Generics segment incurred R&D expenses of approximately $227.7 million in 2011, $194.6 million in 2010 and $140.4 million in 2009. We are presently developing a number of generic products through a combination of internal and collaborative programs.

Our Global Generics R&D strategy focuses on the following product development areas:

 

   

off-patent drugs that are difficult to develop or manufacture, or that complement or broaden our existing product lines;

 

   

the development of sustained-release and other drug delivery technologies and the application of these technologies to proprietary drug forms; and

 

   

using in-house technologies to develop new products.

As of December 31, 2011, we conducted R&D in Davie and Weston, Florida; Salt Lake City, Utah; Ambernath and Mumbai, India; Mississauga, Canada; and Athens, Greece. In December 2011, we discontinued our R&D activities in Corona, California.

In 2011, our product development efforts resulted in the submission of over 30 Abbreviated New Drug Applications (“ANDAs”) in the U.S. and more than 175 applications globally. As of December 31, 2011, we had more than 130 ANDAs on file in the U.S. and over 500 dossiers on file internationally. See the “Government Regulation and Regulatory Matters” section below for a description of our process for obtaining U.S. Food and Drug Administration (“FDA”) approval for our products. See also “ITEM 1A. RISK FACTORS — Risks Related to our Business — Extensive industry regulation has had, and will continue to have, a significant impact on our business, especially our product development, manufacturing and distribution capabilities.” in this Annual Report.

Global Brands Segment

Newly developed pharmaceutical products normally are patented and, as a result, are generally offered by a single provider when first introduced to the market. We currently market a number of branded products to physicians, hospitals, and other markets that we serve. We classify these patented and off-patent trademarked products as our brand pharmaceutical products. During 2011, we launched Generess® Fe, an oral contraceptive licensed from Warner Chilcott Ltd. and two new strengths of Androderm®. Net revenues in our Global Brands segment were $441.0 million or approximately 10% of our total net revenues in 2011. Typically, our brand products realize higher profit margins than our generic products.

Our portfolio of over 30 brand pharmaceutical product families includes the following products, which represented approximately 74% of total Global Brands segment product revenues in 2011:

 

Watson Brand Product

  

Active Ingredient

  

Therapeutic Classification

Androderm®    Testosterone (transdermal patch)    Male testosterone replacement
Crinone®    Progesterone gel    Progesterone supplementation
Gelnique®    Oxybutnin Chloride (gel 10%)    Overactive bladder
INFeD®    Iron dextran    Hematinic
Oxytrol®    Oxybutnin (transdermal patch)    Overactive bladder
Rapaflo®    Silodosin    Benign prostatic hyperplasia
Trelstar®    Triptorelin pamoate injection    Prostate cancer

 

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We market our brand products through approximately 400 sales professionals. Our sales and marketing efforts focus on physicians, specifically urologists, obstetricians and gynecologists, who specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of particular medical conditions. Each group offers products to satisfy the unique needs of these physicians. Approximately 54 of these sales professionals are strategic account specialists who focus on institutions and clinics. We believe this focused sales and marketing approach enables us to foster close professional relationships with specialty physicians, as well as cover the primary care physicians who also prescribe in selected therapeutic areas. We generally sell our brand products under the “Watson Pharma” label. We believe that the current structure of sales professionals is very adaptable to the additional products we plan to add to our brand portfolio, particularly in the therapeutic category of women’s health.

We actively promote Rapaflo®, Gelnique®, Trelstar®, Androderm®, Generess® Fe, Crinone®, ella, sodium ferric gluconate and INFeD®. Our Global Brands segment also receives other revenues consisting of co-promotion revenue and royalties. We promote AndroGel® on behalf of Abbott Laboratories (“Abbott”) and Femring® on behalf of Warner Chilcott Ltd. We expect to continue this strategy of supplementing our existing brand revenues with co-promoted products within our targeted therapeutic areas. Other revenue totaled $76.1 million for 2011 or approximately 17.3% of our total Global Brands segment net revenue.

Operations in Key International Markets

In conjunction with our strategy to grow and expand our Global Brands business in the Americas, in 2011 we established a commercial presence in Canada. Beginning in 2012, we began marketing and selling a select number of our brand products in Canada. Additionally, we use our partnership with Moksha8 to market a select number of brand products in Latin America.

Global Brands Research and Development

We devote significant resources to the R&D of brand products, biosimilars and proprietary drug delivery technologies. A number of our brand products are protected by patents and have enjoyed market exclusivity. We incurred Global Brands segment R&D expenses of approximately $67.7 million in 2011, $101.5 million in 2010 and $56.9 million in 2009.

Our Global Brands R&D strategy focuses on the following product development areas:

 

   

the application of proprietary drug-delivery technology for new product development in specialty areas; and

 

   

the acquisition of mid-to-late development-stage brand drugs and biosimilars.

We are presently developing a number of brand products, some of which utilize novel drug-delivery systems, through a combination of internal and collaborative programs.

Products in the brand pipeline include progesterone vaginal gel 8% (“progesterone gel”) for reducing the risk of pre-term birth in women with a short uterine cervical length, Esmya for reduction of bleeding associated with uterine fibroids, as well as two novel long-acting contraceptives in late stage development, a progestin-only patch and a vaginal ring. We also have a number of products in development as part of our life-cycle management strategy on our existing product portfolio.

Biopharmaceuticals or Biosimilars

Biopharmaceuticals will represent a significant opportunity in the future, and we have taken strategic steps to enhance our ability to offer products in this area. We believe biosimilars will require selling and marketing resources for promotion. Therefore, our biosimilars development efforts are managed by our Global Brands segment.

In January 2010, we acquired the remaining 64% of Eden for approximately $15.0 million, making Eden a wholly-owned subsidiary. Eden is a biopharmaceutical development and contract manufacturing company located in Liverpool, UK. Eden provides the Company with proven biopharmaceutical development and manufacturing capabilities.

 

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In July 2010, we announced an exclusive, worldwide licensing agreement with Itero Biopharmaceuticals, Inc. (“Itero”), a venture-backed specialty biopharmaceutical company, to develop and commercialize Itero’s recombinant follicle stimulating hormone (“rFSH”) product. In 2012, the product will be entering clinical development as a biosimilar molecule for the treatment of female infertility. Under the terms of the agreement, Watson paid Itero an undisclosed licensing fee and will make additional payments based on the achievement of certain development and regulatory performance milestones. Upon successful commercialization, Watson will also pay Itero a percentage of net sales or net profits in various regions of the world. Watson assumed responsibility for all future development, manufacturing, and commercial expenses related to Itero’s rFSH product.

In December 2011, we entered into a collaboration with Amgen to develop and commercialize, on a worldwide basis, several oncology antibody biosimilar medicines. Under the terms of the agreement, Amgen will assume primary responsibility for developing, manufacturing and initially commercializing the oncology antibody products. Watson will contribute up to $400.0 million in co-development costs, including the provision of development support, and will share product development risks. In addition, Watson will contribute its significant expertise in the commercialization and marketing of products in highly competitive specialty and generic markets, including helping effectively manage the lifecycle of the biosimilar products. Watson will receive a portion of product revenues.

The licensing of rFSH and the Amgen biosimilars collaboration are examples of how we are continuing to expand our presence in the biosimilars space, with products that will complement our existing business.

Global Brands Business Development

We have entered into a number of agreements as part of our efforts to expand our brand product portfolio, specifically in Women’s Health.

In July 2011, we announced an exclusive licensing agreement with Antares Pharma, Inc. to commercialize Antares’ topical oxybutynin gel product in the U.S. and Canada. Antares’ topical oxybutynin gel product was approved by FDA in December 2011 for the treatment of overactive bladder and will launch in 2012. Under terms of the agreement, Watson will make milestone payments based on the achievement of certain sales levels, and will be responsible for certain manufacturing start-up activities. Upon launch of the product, Antares will receive escalating royalties based on product sales in the U.S. and Canada.

In December 2010, we announced an exclusive licensing agreement with PregLem, S.A., (“PregLem”) now a wholly-owned subsidiary of Gedeon Richter Plc, to develop and market Esmya (ulipristal acetate), a product for the treatment of uterine fibroids, in the U.S. and Canada. The product Marketing Authorization Application (“MAA”) was recently approved in Europe and Watson expects to initiate U.S. Phase III clinical studies in early 2012. Under terms of the agreement, Watson paid PregLem a $17.0 million license fee and will pay royalties based on sales in the U.S. and Canada. Watson will make additional payments based on the achievement of certain regulatory milestones. The companies will also collaborate on additional Esmya formulations, jointly sharing the development costs.

In March 2010, we announced the acquisition of the exclusive U.S. rights to Columbia’s bioadhesive progesterone gel business. Products included in the acquisition were Crinone® for the treatment of infertility and progesterone gel under development for reducing the risk of pre-term birth in women with a short uterine cervical length. Under the terms of the agreement, we paid Columbia $62.0 million in cash and agreed to make certain contingent payments in return for exclusive progesterone gel product rights in the U.S. and 11.2 million newly issued shares of Columbia common stock. We also obtained the right to designate a member of Columbia’s board of directors. Contingent payments will be made upon the successful completion of clinical development milestones, receipt of regulatory approvals and product launches which, as of the acquisition date, totaled up to $45.5 million. In addition, we will pay a royalty on our sales of the progesterone gel product line and any subsequent products. Pursuant to a supply agreement, Columbia will be responsible for manufacturing the progesterone gel products. Following the initial announcement in March 2010, we entered into an agreement with Columbia to support Columbia’s ongoing investment in the clinical development of the pre-term birth indication for progesterone gel, as well as other Columbia capital requirements.

 

 

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In 2011, Watson and Columbia jointly announced results from the PREGNANT Study, a large, global Phase III clinical trial evaluating progesterone gel to reduce the risk of preterm birth in women with a short cervical length as measured by transvaginal ultrasound at mid-pregnancy. Columbia has a new drug application (“NDA”) pending. We are collaborating with Columbia in the global development of a second-generation vaginal progesterone product. On January 20, 2012, the Advisory Committee for Reproductive Health Drugs of the FDA voted to not recommend approval of the progesterone gel NDA and stated that more information was needed to support approval. While the FDA will consider recommendations of the Committee, FDA will make the final decision regarding the approval of the product. The FDA is expected to take action on the NDA by February 26, 2012. While we will continue to seek FDA approval of the product, we have reduced the value of our investment in progesterone gel business and expected future contingent consideration to estimated fair value as of December 31, 2011.

In March 2010, we announced an exclusive licensing agreement to commercialize the Population Council’s investigational contraceptive vaginal ring in the United States, Canada, and Mexico. The ring, which contains two hormonal products — ethinyl estradiol and Nestorone®, a novel, synthetic progestin, has concluded its Phase 3 clinical development and is currently undergoing safety studies customary with the introduction of a novel hormonal product.

Additionally, we intend to market various products within our Global Brands segment globally. During 2011, we established a commercial Brand presence in Canada, and in early 2012 initiated the launch of Rapaflo®, Gelnique® and Oxytrol® in Canada. As part of this strategy, we continue to evaluate and select additional markets for expansion in 2012, including Europe and Latin America.

Distribution Segment

Our Distribution business, which consists of our Anda, Anda Pharmaceuticals and Valmed (also known as “VIP”) subsidiaries (collectively “Anda”), primarily distributes generic and selected brand pharmaceutical products, vaccines, injectables and over-the-counter medicines to independent pharmacies, alternate care providers (hospitals, nursing homes and mail order pharmacies), pharmacy chains and physicians’ offices. Additionally, we sell to members of buying groups, which are independent pharmacies that join together to enhance their buying power. We believe that we are able to effectively compete in the distribution market, and therefore optimize our market share, based on three critical elements: (i) competitive pricing, (ii) high levels of inventory for approximately 9,960 SKUs for responsive customer service that includes, among other things, next day delivery to the entire U.S., and (iii) well established telemarketing relationships with our customers, supplemented by our electronic ordering capabilities. While we purchase most of the approximate 9,960 SKUs in our Distribution operations from third party manufacturers, we also distribute our own products and our collaborative partners’ products. We are the only U.S. pharmaceutical company that has meaningful distribution operations with direct access to independent pharmacies and we believe that our Distribution operation is a strategic asset in the national distribution of generic and brand pharmaceuticals.

Revenue growth in our distribution operations will primarily be dependent on the launch of new products, offset by the overall level of net price and unit declines on existing distributed products and will be subject to changes in market share.

We presently distribute products from our facilities in Weston, Florida and Groveport, Ohio, and distribute a small volume of product from Puerto Rico. For the year ended December 31, 2011, approximately 67% of our Distribution sales were shipped from our Groveport, Ohio facility and 31% from our Weston, Florida facility, though this percentage can vary. We are currently constructing a 234,000 square foot distribution facility in Olive Branch, MS. We will be relocating our Groveport, Ohio distribution operations to the Olive Branch facility in the second quarter of 2012.

Strategic Alliances and Collaborations

In 2004, we entered into an exclusive licensing agreement with Kissei Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd. (“Kissei”) to develop and market Rapaflo® for the North American market and in 2011, the agreement was expanded to include Latin America. The compound was originally developed and launched by Kissei in Japan as Urief® and

 

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is marketed in Japan in cooperation with Daiichi Sankyo Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd. for the treatment of the signs and symptoms of benign prostatic hyperplasia.

In 2006, we entered into an agreement with Solvay Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (“Solvay”) to utilize Watson’s Brands sales force to co-promote AndroGel® to urologists in the U.S. In February of 2010, Solvay was acquired by Abbott.

We have an exclusive agreement with Pfizer, Inc. to market the Authorized Generic version of Lipitor® (atorvastatin calcium). Under the terms of the agreement, Pfizer, Inc. supplies Watson with the product for distribution.

Financial Information About Segments

Watson evaluates the performance of its Global Generics, Global Brands and Distribution business segments based on net revenues and net contribution. Summarized net revenues and contribution information for each of the last three fiscal years in the U.S. and internationally, where applicable, is presented in “NOTE 13 — Segments” in the accompanying “Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements” in this Annual Report.

Customers

In our Global Generics and Global Brands operations, we sell our generic and brand pharmaceutical products primarily to drug wholesalers, retailers and distributors, including national retail drug and food store chains, hospitals, clinics, mail order, government agencies and managed healthcare providers such as health maintenance organizations and other institutions. In our Distribution business, we distribute generic and certain select brand pharmaceutical products to independent pharmacies, alternate care providers (hospitals, nursing homes and mail order pharmacies), pharmacy chains, physicians’ offices and buying groups.

Sales to certain of our customers accounted for 10% or more of our annual net revenues during the past three years. The following table illustrates any customer, on a global basis, which accounted for 10% or more of our annual net revenues and the respective percentage of our net revenues for which they account for each of the last three years:

 

Customer

   2011     2010     2009  

Walgreen Co.

     16     14     13

McKesson Corporation

     14     11     11

McKesson and certain of our other customers comprise a significant part of the distribution network for pharmaceutical products in North America. As a result, a small number of large, wholesale distributors and large chain drug stores control a significant share of the market. This concentration may adversely impact pricing and create other competitive pressures on drug manufacturers. Our Distribution business competes directly with our large wholesaler customers with respect to the distribution of generic products.

The loss of any of these customers could have a material adverse effect on our business, results of operations, financial condition and cash flows. See “ITEM 1A. RISK FACTORS — Risk Relating to Investing in the Pharmaceutical Industry” in this Annual Report.

Competition

The pharmaceutical industry is highly competitive. In our Global Generics and Global Brands businesses, we compete with different companies depending upon product categories, and within each product category, upon dosage strengths and drug delivery systems. Such competitors include the major brand name and generic manufacturers of pharmaceutical products. In addition to product development, other competitive factors in the pharmaceutical industry include product quality and price, reputation and service and access to proprietary and technical information. It is possible that developments by others will make our products or technologies noncompetitive or obsolete.

 

 

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Competing in the brand product business requires us to identify and bring to market new products embodying technological innovations. Successful marketing of brand products depends primarily on the ability to communicate their effectiveness, safety and value to healthcare professionals in private practice, group practices and receive formulary status from managed care organizations. We anticipate that our brand product offerings will support our existing areas of therapeutic focus. Based upon business conditions and other factors, we regularly reevaluate our business strategies and may from time to time reallocate our resources from one therapeutic area to another, withdraw from a therapeutic area or add an additional therapeutic area in order to maximize our overall growth opportunities. Our competitors in brand products include major brand name manufacturers of pharmaceuticals. Based on total assets, annual revenues and market capitalization, our Global Brands segment is considerably smaller than many of these competitors and other global competitors in the brand product area. Many of our competitors have been in business for a longer period of time, have a greater number of products on the market and have greater financial and other resources than we do. If we directly compete with them for certain contracted business, such as the Pharmacy Benefit Manager business, and for the same markets and/or products, their financial strength could prevent us from capturing a meaningful share of those markets.

We actively compete in the generic pharmaceutical industry. Revenues and gross profit derived from the sales of generic pharmaceutical products tend to follow a pattern based on certain regulatory and competitive factors. As patents and regulatory exclusivity for brand name products expire or are successfully challenged, the first off-patent manufacturer to receive regulatory approval for generic equivalents of such products is generally able to achieve significant market penetration. As competing off-patent manufacturers receive regulatory approvals on similar products, market share, revenues and gross profit typically decline, in some cases dramatically. Accordingly, the level of market share, revenues and gross profit attributable to a particular generic product normally is related to the number of competitors in that product’s market and the timing of that product’s regulatory approval and launch, in relation to competing approvals and launches. Consequently, we must continue to develop and introduce new products in a timely and cost-effective manner to maintain our revenues and gross profit. In addition to competition from other generic drug manufacturers, we face competition from brand name companies in the generic market. Many of these companies seek to participate in sales of generic products by, among other things, collaborating with other generic pharmaceutical companies or by marketing their own generic equivalent to their brand products as Authorized Generics. Our major competitors in generic products include Teva Pharmaceutical Industries, Ltd., Mylan Inc. and Sandoz (a division of Novartis AG). See “ITEM 1A. RISK FACTORS — Risks Related to Our Business — The pharmaceutical industry is highly competitive and our future revenue growth and profitability are dependent on our timely development and launches of new products ahead of our competitors.” in this Annual Report.

In our Distribution business, we compete with a number of large wholesalers and other distributors of pharmaceuticals, including McKesson Corporation, AmerisourceBergen Corporation and Cardinal Health, Inc., which distribute both brand and generic pharmaceutical products to their customers. These same companies are significant customers of our Global Generics and Global Brands pharmaceutical businesses. As generic products generally have higher gross margins than brand products for a pharmaceutical distribution business, each of the large wholesalers, on an increasing basis, are offering pricing incentives on brand products if the customers purchase a majority of their generic pharmaceutical products from the primary wholesaler. As we do not offer a broad portfolio of brand products to our customers, we are at times competitively disadvantaged and must compete with these wholesalers based upon our very competitive pricing for generic products, greater service levels and our well-established telemarketing relationships with our customers, supplemented by our electronic ordering capabilities. Additionally, generic manufacturers are increasingly marketing their products directly to drug store chains with warehousing facilities and thus increasingly bypassing wholesalers and distributors. Increased competition in the generic industry as a whole may result in increased price erosion in the pursuit of market share.

Manufacturing, Suppliers and Materials

During 2011, we manufactured many of our own finished products at our plants in Athens, Greece; Corona, California; Davie, Florida; Goa, India; Birzebbugia, Malta; Mississauga, Canada; Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; Copiague, New York and Salt Lake City, Utah. As part of an ongoing effort to optimize our manufacturing

 

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operations, we have implemented several cost reduction initiatives, which included the transfer of several solid dosage products from our Mississauga, Canada facility to our Goa, India and Birzebbugia, Malta facilities, and the ongoing implementation of our Operational Excellence Initiative at certain of our manufacturing facilities.

We have development and manufacturing capabilities for raw material and active pharmaceutical ingredients (“API”) and intermediate ingredients to support our internal product development efforts in our Coleraine, Northern Ireland and Ambernath, India facilities. Our Ambernath, India facility manufactures API for third parties.

Our manufacturing operations are subject to extensive regulatory oversight and could be interrupted at any time. Our Corona, California facility is currently subject to a consent decree of permanent injunction. See “ITEM 1A. RISK FACTORS — Risks Related to Our Business — Extensive industry regulation has had, and will continue to have, a significant impact on our business, especially our product development, manufacturing and distribution capabilities.” Also refer to Legal Matters in “NOTE 16 — Commitments and Contingencies” in the accompanying “Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements” in this Annual Report.

We contract with third parties for the manufacture of certain of our products, some of which are currently available only from sole or limited suppliers. These third-party manufactured products include products that have historically accounted for a significant portion of our revenues, such as methylphenidate extended-release, atorvastatin and a number of our oral contraceptive products. Third-party manufactured product sales by our Global Generics and Global Brands segments, accounted for approximately 49%, 33% and 38% of our product net revenues in 2011, 2010 and 2009, respectively.

We are dependent on third parties for the supply of the raw materials necessary to develop and manufacture our products, including the API and inactive pharmaceutical ingredients used in our products. We are required to identify the supplier(s) of all the raw materials for our products in the drug applications that we file with the FDA. If raw materials for a particular product become unavailable from an approved supplier specified in a drug application, we would be required to qualify a substitute supplier with the FDA, which would likely interrupt manufacturing of the affected product. To the extent practicable, we attempt to identify more than one supplier in each drug application. However, some raw materials are available only from a single source and, in many of our drug applications, only one supplier of raw materials has been identified, even in instances where multiple sources exist.

In addition, we obtain a significant portion of our raw materials from foreign suppliers. Arrangements with international raw material suppliers are subject to, among other things, FDA regulation, customs clearance, various import duties, foreign currency risk and other government clearances. Acts of governments outside the U.S. may affect the price or availability of raw materials needed for the development or manufacture of our products. In addition, any changes in patent laws in jurisdictions outside the U.S. may make it increasingly difficult to obtain raw materials for R&D prior to the expiration of the applicable U.S. or foreign patents. See “ITEM 1A. RISK FACTORS — Risks Related to Our Business — If we are unable to obtain sufficient supplies from key suppliers that in some cases may be the only source of finished products or raw materials, our ability to deliver our products to the market may be impeded” in this Annual Report.

We continue to make substantial progress on our Global Supply Chain Initiative and the transfer of product manufacturing from our Canadian facility to our Malta and Goa sites. At the end of 2011, approximately 20% of our internally sourced manufactured product was produced from our Goa, India facility.

Patents and Proprietary Rights

We believe patent protection of our proprietary products is important to our Global Brands business. Our success with our brand products will depend, in part, on our ability to obtain, and successfully defend if challenged, patent or other proprietary protection for such products. We currently have a number of U.S. and foreign patents issued or pending. However, the issuance of a patent is not conclusive as to its validity or as to the enforceable scope of the claims of the patent. Accordingly, our patents may not prevent other companies from developing similar or functionally equivalent products or from successfully challenging the validity of our patents. If our patent applications are not approved or, even if approved, if such patents are circumvented or not upheld in a court of law, our ability to competitively market our patented products and technologies may be

 

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significantly reduced. Also, such patents may or may not provide competitive advantages for their respective products or they may be challenged or circumvented by competitors, in which case our ability to commercially market these products may be diminished. From time to time, we may need to obtain licenses to patents and other proprietary rights held by third parties to develop, manufacture and market our products. If we are unable to timely obtain these licenses on commercially reasonable terms, our ability to commercially market such products may be inhibited or prevented. Patents covering our Androderm® and INFed® products have expired and we have no further patent protection on these products. Therefore, it is possible that a competitor may launch a generic version of Androderm® and/or INFed® at any time, which would result in a significant decline in that product’s revenue and profit. Both of these products were significant contributors to our Global Brands business in 2011.

We also rely on trade secrets and proprietary know-how that we seek to protect, in part, through confidentiality agreements with our partners, customers, employees and consultants. It is possible that these agreements will be breached or will not be enforceable in every instance, and we will not have adequate remedies for any such breach. It is also possible that our trade secrets will otherwise become known or independently developed by competitors.

We may find it necessary to initiate litigation to enforce our patent rights, to protect our trade secrets or know-how or to determine the scope and validity of the proprietary rights of others. Litigation concerning patents, trademarks, copyrights and proprietary technologies can often be protracted and expensive and, as with litigation generally, the outcome is inherently uncertain.

Pharmaceutical companies with brand products are suing companies that produce off-patent forms of their brand name products for alleged patent infringement or other violations of intellectual property rights which may delay or prevent the entry of such a generic product into the market. For instance, when we file an ANDA in the U.S. seeking approval of a generic equivalent to a brand drug, we may certify under the Drug Price Competition and Patent Restoration Act of 1984 (the “Hatch-Waxman Act”) to the FDA that we do not intend to market our generic drug until any patent listed by the FDA as covering the brand drug has expired, in which case, the ANDA will be approved by the FDA no earlier than the expiration or final finding of invalidity of such patent(s). On the other hand, we could certify that we believe the patent or patents listed as covering the brand drug are invalid and/or will not be infringed by the manufacture, sale or use of our generic form of the brand drug. In that case, we are required to notify the brand product holder or the patent holder that such patent is invalid or is not infringed. If the patent holder sues us for patent infringement within 45 days from receipt of the notice, the FDA is then prevented from approving our ANDA for 30 months after receipt of the notice unless the lawsuit is resolved in our favor in less time or a shorter period is deemed appropriate by a court. In addition, increasingly aggressive tactics employed by brand companies to delay generic competition, including the use of Citizen Petitions and seeking changes to U.S. Pharmacopeia, have increased the risks and uncertainties regarding the timing of approval of generic products.

Litigation alleging infringement of patents, copyrights or other intellectual property rights may be costly and time consuming. See “ITEM 1A. RISK FACTORS — Risks Related to Our Business — Third parties may claim that we infringe their proprietary rights and may prevent us from manufacturing and selling some of our products” and Legal Matters in “NOTE 16 — Commitments and Contingencies” in the accompanying “Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements” in this Annual Report.

Government Regulation and Regulatory Matters

United States

Because a balanced and fair legislative and regulatory arena is critical to the pharmaceutical industry, we will continue to devote management time and financial resources on government activities. We currently maintain an office and staff a full-time government affairs function in Washington, D.C. that maintains responsibility for keeping abreast of state and federal legislative activities.

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Administration (“DEA”), Occupational Safety and Health Administration and state government agencies, as well as by various regulatory agencies in foreign countries where our products or product candidates are being manufactured and/or marketed. The Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act, the Controlled Substances Act and other federal statutes and regulations govern or influence the testing, manufacturing, packing, labeling, storing, record keeping, safety, approval, advertising, promotion, sale and distribution of our products. In our international markets, the approval, manufacture and sale of pharmaceutical products is similar to the United States with some variations dependent upon local market dynamics.

FDA approval is required before any dosage form of any new drug, including an off-patent equivalent of a previously approved drug, can be marketed. The process for obtaining governmental approval to manufacture and market pharmaceutical products is rigorous, time-consuming and costly, and the extent to which it may be affected by legislative and regulatory developments cannot be predicted. We are dependent on receiving FDA and other governmental approvals prior to manufacturing, marketing and shipping new products. Consequently, there is always the risk the FDA or another applicable agency will not approve our new products, or the rate, timing and cost of obtaining such approvals will adversely affect our product introduction plans or results of operations. See “ITEM 1A. RISK FACTORS — Risks Related to Our Business — If we are unable to successfully develop or commercialize new products, our operating results will suffer.” and “— Extensive industry regulation has had, and will continue to have, a significant impact on our business, especially our product development, manufacturing and distribution capabilities” in this Annual Report.

All applications for FDA approval must contain information relating to product formulation, raw material suppliers, stability, manufacturing processes, packaging, labeling and quality control. There are generally two types of applications for FDA approval that would be applicable to our new products:

 

   

NDA. We file a NDA when we seek approval for drugs with active ingredients and/or with dosage strengths, dosage forms, delivery systems or pharmacokinetic profiles that have not been previously approved by the FDA. Generally, NDAs are filed for newly developed brand products or for a new dosage form of previously approved drugs.

 

   

ANDA. We file an ANDA when we seek approval for off-patent, or generic equivalents of a previously approved drug.

FDA approval of an ANDA is required before we may begin marketing an off-patent or generic equivalent of a drug that has been approved under an NDA, or a previously unapproved dosage form of a drug that has been approved under an NDA. The ANDA approval process generally differs from the NDA approval process in that it does not typically require new preclinical and clinical studies; instead, it relies on the clinical studies establishing safety and efficacy conducted for the previously approved NDA drug. The ANDA process, however, typically requires data to show that the ANDA drug is bioequivalent (i.e., therapeutically equivalent) to the previously approved drug. “Bioequivalence” compares the bioavailability of one drug product with another and, when established, indicates whether the rate and extent of absorption of a generic drug in the body are substantially equivalent to the previously approved drug. “Bioavailability” establishes the rate and extent of absorption, as determined by the time dependent concentrations of a drug product in the bloodstream needed to produce a therapeutic effect. The ANDA drug development and approval process generally takes three to four years which is less time than the NDA drug development and approval process since the ANDA process does not require new clinical trials establishing the safety and efficacy of the drug product.

Supplemental NDAs or ANDAs are required for, among other things, approval to transfer certain products from one manufacturing site to another and may be under review for a year or more. In addition, certain products may only be approved for transfer once new bioequivalency studies are conducted or other requirements are satisfied.

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money and effort in all production and quality control areas to maintain compliance. The evolving and complex nature of regulatory requirements, the broad authority and discretion of the FDA, and the generally high level of regulatory oversight results in the continuing possibility that we may be adversely affected by regulatory actions despite our efforts to maintain compliance with regulatory requirements.

We are subject to the periodic inspection of our facilities, procedures and operations and/or the testing of our products by the FDA, the DEA and other authorities, which conduct periodic inspections to assess compliance with applicable regulations. In addition, in connection with its review of our applications for new products, the FDA conducts pre-approval and post-approval reviews and plant inspections to determine whether our systems and processes comply with cGMP and other FDA regulations. Among other things, the FDA may withhold approval of NDAs, ANDAs or other product applications of a facility if deficiencies are found at that facility. Vendors that supply finished products or components to us that we use to manufacture, package and label products are subject to similar regulation and periodic inspections.

Following such inspections, the FDA may issue notices on Form 483 and Warning Letters that could cause us to modify certain activities identified during the inspection. A Form 483 notice is generally issued at the conclusion of an FDA inspection and lists conditions the FDA investigators believe may violate cGMP or other FDA regulations. FDA guidelines specify that a Warning Letter be issued only for violations of “regulatory significance” for which the failure to adequately and promptly achieve correction may be expected to result in an enforcement action.

Our Corona, California facility is currently subject to a consent decree of permanent injunction. See also “Manufacturing, Suppliers and Materials” discussion above, “ITEM 1A. RISK FACTORS — Risks Related to Our Business — Extensive industry regulation has had, and will continue to have, a significant impact on our business, especially our product development, manufacturing and distribution capabilities.” and Legal Matters in “NOTE 16 — Commitments and Contingencies” in the accompanying “Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements” in this Annual Report.

Failure to comply with FDA and other governmental regulations can result in fines, unanticipated compliance expenditures, recall or seizure of products, total or partial suspension of production and/or distribution, suspension of the FDA’s review of NDAs, ANDAs or other product application enforcement actions, injunctions and criminal prosecution. Under certain circumstances, the FDA also has the authority to revoke previously granted drug approvals. Although we have internal compliance programs, if these programs do not meet regulatory agency standards or if our compliance is deemed deficient in any significant way, it could have a material adverse effect on us. See “ITEM 1A. RISK FACTORS — Risks Related to Our Business — Extensive industry regulation has had, and will continue to have, a significant impact on our business, especially our product development, manufacturing and distribution capabilities.” in this Annual Report.

The Generic Drug Enforcement Act of 1992 established penalties for wrongdoing in connection with the development or submission of an ANDA. Under this Act, the FDA has the authority to permanently or temporarily bar companies or individuals from submitting or assisting in the submission of an ANDA, and to temporarily deny approval and suspend applications to market generic drugs. The FDA may also suspend the distribution of all drugs approved or developed in connection with certain wrongful conduct and/or withdraw approval of an ANDA and seek civil penalties. The FDA can also significantly delay the approval of any pending NDA, ANDA or other regulatory submissions under the Fraud, Untrue Statements of Material Facts, Bribery and Illegal Gratuities Policy Act.

U.S. Government reimbursement programs include Medicare, Medicaid, TriCare, and State Pharmacy Assistance Programs established according to statute, government regulations and policy. Federal law requires that all pharmaceutical manufacturers, as a condition of having their products receive federal reimbursement under Medicaid, must pay rebates to state Medicaid programs on units of their pharmaceuticals that are dispensed to Medicaid beneficiaries. With enactment of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) as it is now known, the required per-unit rebate for products marketed under ANDAs increased from 11% of the average manufacturer price to 13%. Additionally, for products marketed under NDAs, the manufacturers rebate increased from 15.1% to 23.1% of the average manufacturer price, or the difference between the average manufacturer price and the lowest net

 

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sales price to a non-government customer during a specified period. In some states, supplemental rebates are required as a condition of including the manufacturer’s drug on the state’s Preferred Drug List.

ACA also made substantial changes to reimbursement when seniors reach the Medicare Part D coverage gap “donut hole.” By 2020, Medicare beneficiaries will pay 25% of drug costs when they reach the coverage threshold — the same percentage they were responsible for before they reached that threshold.

The cost of closing the donut hole is being borne by generic and brand drug companies. Beginning in 2011, brand drug manufacturers were required to provide a 50% discount on their drugs. Additionally, beginning in 2013, the government will provide subsidies for brand-name drugs bought by seniors who enter the coverage gap. The government’s share will start at 2.5%, but will increase to 25% by 2020. At that point, the combined industry discounts and government subsidies will add up to 75% of brand-name drug costs. Generic drugs, which cost less than their brand-name counterparts, are treated differently from brand drugs. Government subsidies currently cover 7% of generic drug costs. The government will subsidize additional portions each year until 2020, when federal government subsidies will cover 75% of generic drug costs. By 2020, the donut hole will be completely closed through these manufacturers’ subsidies.

The Medicare Prescription Drug, Improvement, and Modernization Act of 2003 (the “MMA”) requires that manufacturers report data to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (“CMS”) on pricing of drugs and biosimilars reimbursed under Medicare Part B. These are generally drugs, such as injectable products, that are administered “incident to” a physician service, and in general are not self-administered. Effective January 1, 2005, average selling price (“ASP”) became the basis for reimbursement to physicians and suppliers for drugs and biosimilars covered under Medicare Part B, replacing the average wholesale price (“AWP”) provided and published by pricing services. In general, we must comply with all reporting requirements for any drug or biosimilar that is separately reimbursable under Medicare. Watson’s sodium ferric gluconate, INFeD® and Trelstar® products are reimbursed under Medicare Part B and, as a result, we provide ASP data on these products to CMS on a quarterly basis.

Under MMA, some Medicare Part D beneficiaries are eligible to obtain subsidized prescription drug coverage from private sector providers. Usage of pharmaceuticals has increased as a result of the expanded access to medicines afforded by the Medicare prescription drug benefit. However, such sales increases have been offset by increased pricing pressures due to the enhanced purchasing power of the private sector providers who negotiate on behalf of Medicare beneficiaries. It is anticipated that further pricing pressures will continue into 2012 and beyond.

The Deficit Reduction Act of 2005 (“DRA”) mandated a number of changes in the Medicaid program, including the use of Average Manufacturers Price (“AMP”) as the basis for reimbursement to pharmaceutical companies that dispense generic drugs under the Medicaid program. Three health care reform bills passed in 2010 significantly changed the definition of AMP, effective October 1, 2010. These legislative changes were part of ACA, the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act, and the FAA Air Transportation Modernization & Safety Improvement Act (“Transportation Bill”). In ACA, Congress substantially revised the definition of AMP to, among other things, narrow the scope of prices included in the calculation of AMP to those paid to a manufacturer by wholesalers for drugs distributed to retail community pharmacies or by retail community pharmacies that purchase directly from manufacturers. In August 2010, Congress further amended the definition of AMP to specify that the exclusion of certain classes of trade from AMP does not apply to inhalation, infusion, instilled, implanted, or injected drugs that typically are not dispensed to retail community pharmacies. ACA also requires disclosure of weighted average AMP instead of manufacturer AMP, which was previously required. The impact of this new legislation is that there will likely be increases in Medicaid reimbursement to pharmacies for generics. These changes became effective on October 1, 2010.

These new laws replaced the reimbursement guidelines that had been established under the DRA. On November 9, 2010, CMS issued a final rule withdrawing and amending regulations that have governed the calculation of AMP and the establishment of federal upper limits since October 2007. The regulations were withdrawn to mandate AMP calculation under the recently revised drug rebate statute. The withdrawal required manufacturers to base October 2010 and subsequent months’ AMPs on the statutory language until official guidance is issued.

 

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In the absence of regulatory guidance governing the AMP calculation, CMS had instructed pharmaceutical manufacturers to base their AMP calculations on the definitions set forth in the statute, as amended by the ACA, the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act, and the Transportation Bill. Without the benefit of interpretive guidance from CMS, Watson adopted mechanisms to ensure that we were calculating and reporting AMP in a manner that was consistent with the statute’s text and intent.

On September 22, October 21, and November 18, 2011 CMS posted draft weighted average monthly AMPs and draft FULs in advance of publishing the new AMP rule. We provided comments to CMS, emphasizing that there is known variability in how manufacturers calculate AMPs, which creates uncertainty concerning the reliability of the calculation of the weighted average AMPs and the FULs.

On January 27, 2012, CMS issued proposed rule on Medicaid pharmacy reimbursement using the AMP model. We are reviewing the proposed rule, and plan to submit comments during the relevant comment period.

On November 14, 2011, the United States Supreme Court announced that it would hear the lawsuits filed by 26 states challenging the ACA. Additionally, 45 state legislatures have proposed legislation to limit, alter or oppose the law. We will continue to monitor developments concerning the ACA and its provisions.

 

There has been enhanced political attention, governmental scrutiny and litigation at the federal and state levels regarding the prices paid or reimbursed for pharmaceutical products under Medicaid, Medicare and other government programs. See “ITEM 1A. RISK FACTORS — Risks Related to Our Business — Investigations of the calculation of average wholesale prices may adversely affect our business.” and Legal Matters in “NOTE 16 — Commitments and Contingencies” in the accompanying “Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements” in this Annual Report.

To assist us in commercializing products, we have obtained from government authorities and private health insurers and other organizations, such as Health Maintenance Organizations (“HMOs”) and Managed Care Organizations (“MCOs”), authorization to receive reimbursement at varying levels for the cost of certain products and related treatments. Third party payers increasingly challenge pricing of pharmaceutical products. The trend toward managed healthcare in the U.S., the growth of organizations such as HMOs and MCOs and legislation to reform healthcare and government insurance programs could significantly influence the purchase of pharmaceutical products, resulting in lower prices and a reduction in product demand. Such cost containment measures and healthcare legislation could affect our ability to sell our products and may have a material adverse effect on our business, results of operations, financial condition and cash flows. Due to the uncertainty surrounding reimbursement of newly approved pharmaceutical products, reimbursement may not be available for some of our products. Additionally, any reimbursement granted may not be maintained or limits on reimbursement available from third-party payers may reduce the demand for, or negatively affect the price of, those products.

Federal, state, local and foreign laws of general applicability, such as laws regulating working conditions, also govern us. In addition, we are subject, as are all manufacturers generally, to numerous and increasingly stringent federal, state and local environmental laws and regulations concerning, among other things, the generation, handling, storage, transportation, treatment and disposal of toxic and hazardous substances and the discharge of pollutants into the air and water. Environmental permits and controls are required for some of our operations, and these permits are subject to modification, renewal and revocation by the issuing authorities. Our environmental capital expenditures and costs for environmental compliance may increase in the future as a result of changes in environmental laws and regulations or increased manufacturing activities at any of our facilities. We could be adversely affected by any failure to comply with environmental laws, including the costs of undertaking a clean-up at a site to which our wastes were transported.

As part of the MMA, companies are required to file with the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) and the Department of Justice certain types of agreements entered into between brand and generic pharmaceutical companies related to the manufacture, marketing and sale of generic versions of brand drugs. This requirement could affect the manner in which generic drug manufacturers resolve intellectual property litigation and other

 

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disputes with brand pharmaceutical companies, and could result generally in an increase in private-party litigation against pharmaceutical companies. The impact of this requirement, and the potential private-party lawsuits associated with arrangements between brand name and generic drug manufacturers, is uncertain and could adversely affect our business. For example, in January 2009, the FTC and the State of California filed a lawsuit against us alleging that our settlement with Solvay related to our ANDA for a generic version of Androgel® is unlawful. Beginning in February 2009, several private parties purporting to represent various classes of plaintiffs filed similar lawsuits. Additionally, we have received requests for information, sometimes in the form of civil investigative demands or subpoenas, from the FTC and the European Competition Commission, and are subject to ongoing FTC and European Competition Commission investigations. Any adverse outcome of these or other investigations or actions could have a material adverse effect on our business, results of operations, financial condition and cash flows. See “ITEM 1A. RISK FACTORS — Risks Related to Our Business—Federal regulation of arrangements between manufacturers of brand and generic products could adversely affect our business.” Also refer to Legal Matters in “NOTE 16 — Commitments and Contingencies” in the accompanying “Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements” in this Annual Report.

Continuing studies of the proper utilization, safety and efficacy of pharmaceuticals and other health care products are being conducted by industry, government agencies and others. Such studies, which increasingly employ sophisticated methods and techniques, can call into question the utilization, safety and efficacy of previously marketed products and in some cases have resulted, and may in the future result, in the discontinuance of their marketing.

Our Distribution operations and our customers are subject to various regulatory requirements, including requirements from the DEA, FDA, and state boards of pharmacy and city and county health regulators, among others. These include licensing, registration, recordkeeping, security and reporting requirements. In particular, numerous states and the federal government have begun to enforce anti-counterfeit drug pedigree laws which require the tracking of all transactions involving prescription drugs beginning with the manufacturer, through the supply chain, and down to the pharmacy or other health care provider dispensing or administering prescription drug products. For example, effective July 1, 2006, the Florida Department of Health began enforcement of the drug pedigree requirements for distribution of prescription drugs in the State of Florida. Pursuant to Florida law and regulations, wholesalers and distributors, including our subsidiary, Anda, are required to maintain records documenting the chain of custody of prescription drug products they distribute beginning with the purchase of such products from the manufacturer. These entities are required to provide documentation of the prior transaction(s) to their customers in Florida, including pharmacies and other health care entities. Several other states have proposed or enacted legislation to implement similar or more stringent drug pedigree requirements. In addition, federal law requires that a “non-authorized distributor of record” must provide a drug pedigree documenting the prior purchase of a prescription drug from the manufacturer or from an “authorized distributor of record.” In cases where the wholesaler or distributor selling the drug product is not deemed an “authorized distributor of record,” it would need to maintain such records. The FDA had announced its intent to impose additional drug pedigree requirements (e.g., tracking of lot numbers and documentation of all transactions) through implementation of drug pedigree regulations which were to have taken effect on December 1, 2006. However, a federal appeals court has issued a preliminary injunction to several wholesale distributors granting an indefinite stay of these regulations pending a challenge to the regulations by these wholesale distributors.

European Union

Pharmaceutical regulation and marketing in Europe is similar to that of U.S. requirements. Pharmaceutical manufacturers are regulated in the European Union (EU) by the European Medicines Agency (EMA). All manufacturers are required to submit medicinal products, including generic versions of previously approved products and new strengths, dosages and formulations of previously approved products, to the EMA and its member states for review and marketing authorization before they are placed on the market in the EU.

Marketing authorizations are granted to sponsors after a positive assessment of quality, safety and efficacy of the product by the respective health authority. Application must contain the results pre-clinical tests, pharmaceutical tests, and clinical trials. All of these tests must have been conducted in accordance within European regulations and must allow the reviewing body to evaluate the quality, safety and efficacy of the medicinal product.

 

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In addition to obtaining marketing authorization for each product, most member states require that a manufacturer’s facilities obtain approval from the national authority. The EU has a code of good manufacturing practices that each manufacturer must follow and comply. Regulatory authorities in the EU may conduct inspections of the manufacturing facilities to review procedures, operating systems and personnel qualifications.

In the EU, member states regulate the pricing of pharmaceutical products, and in some cases, the formulation and dosing of these products. This regulation is handled by individual member state national health services. These individual regulatory bodies can result in considerable price differences and product availability among member states.

Canada

In Canada, pharmaceutical manufacturers are regulated by the Therapeutic Products Directorate (TPD) which derives its authority from the Canadian federal government under the Food and Drugs Act and the Controlled Drug and Substances Act. The TPD evaluates and monitors the safety, effectiveness and quality of pharmaceutical products. Products are officially approved for marketing in Canada following receipt of a market authorization, or “Notice of Compliance” (NOC), which is subject to the Food and Drug Regulations. Issuance of a Notice of Compliance for generic drug products is also subject to the Patented Medicines (Notice of Compliance) Regulations under the Patent Act.

Each Canadian province provides a comprehensive public drug program, which controls drug pricing and reimbursement and is responsible for ensuring eligible patients receive drugs through public funding. Pharmaceutical products available to patients are listed on provincial Drug Benefit Formularies. To be considered for listing in a provincial formulary, pharmaceutical products must be issued an NOC and must be approved through a national drug review process. Listing recommendations are made by the Canadian Expert Drug Advisory Committee and must be approved by each provincial health ministry.

Australia

Pharmaceutical manufacturers and products are regulated in Australia by the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) which oversees the quality, safety and efficacy of pharmaceutical products and other therapeutic goods. The TGA is a Division of the Australian Department of Health and Aging and established under the Therapeutic Goods Act of 1989.

Australian pharmaceutical manufacturers must be licensed under Part 3-3 of the Act, and their manufacturing facilities and processes must comply with good manufacturing practices in Australia. All pharmaceutical products manufactured for supply in Australia must be listed in the Australian Register of Therapeutic Goods (ARTG), before they can be marketed or supplied for sale in Australia.

The government regulates the pharmaceuticals market through the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS), which is a governmental healthcare program established to subsidize the cost of pharmaceuticals to Australian citizens. The PBS is operated under the National Health Act 1953. This statute legislates who may sell pharmaceutical products, pharmaceutical product pricing and governmental subsidies. More than 80% of all prescription medicines sold in Australia are reimbursed by the PBS. For pharmaceutical products listed on the PBS, the price is determined through negotiations between the Pharmaceutical Benefits Pricing Authority and pharmaceutical suppliers.

Brazil

Pharmaceutical manufacturers and products are regulated in Brazil by The National Health Surveillance Agency (NHSA) (in Portuguese, Agência Nacional de Vigilância Sanitária, ANVISA). ANVISA is an independently administered, financially-autonomous regulatory agency that is responsible for a wide range of healthcare regulation, including the coordination of the National Sanitary Surveillance System (SNVS), the monitoring of drug prices and granting of patents by the National Institute of Industrial Property. ANVISA was established by Law No. 9,782 of 26 passed in January 1999.

 

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A marketing approval from ANVISA is required to manufacture or commercialize pharmaceutical products in Brazil. A pharmaceutical company seeking marketing approval must have established good manufacturing practices (GMP). For a pharmaceutical product to receive marketing authorization in Brazil, it must be proven, via scientific evidence, to be safe and effective for its intended use, and have sufficiently high quality, activity and purity for human use (Article 16 of Law No. 6,360/76).

Environmental Matters

We are subject to federal, state, local and foreign environmental laws and regulations. We believe that our operations comply in all material respects with applicable environmental laws and regulations in each jurisdiction where we have a business presence. Although we continue to make capital expenditures for environmental protection, we do not anticipate any significant expenditure in order to comply with such laws and regulations that would have a material impact on our earnings or competitive position. We are not aware of any pending litigation or significant financial obligations arising from current or past environmental practices that are likely to have a material adverse effect on our financial position. We cannot assure you, however, that environmental problems relating to facilities owned or operated by us will not develop in the future, and we cannot predict whether any such problems, if they were to develop, could require significant expenditures on our part. In addition, we are unable to predict what legislation or regulations may be adopted or enacted in the future with respect to environmental protection and waste disposal. See “ITEM 1A. RISK FACTORS — Risks Related to Our Business — Our business will continue to expose us to risks of environmental liabilities” in this Annual Report.

Seasonality

There are no significant seasonal aspects to our business except in Western Europe. During the months of July and August our operations in Western Europe experience significantly lower sales due to pharmacy closures and representatives on summer vacations.

Backlog

Due to the relatively short lead-time required to fill orders for our products, backlog of orders is not material to our business.

Employees

As of December 31, 2011, we had approximately 6,686 employees. Of our employees, approximately 990 were engaged in R&D, 2,235 in manufacturing, 1,154 in quality assurance and quality control, 1,562 in sales, marketing and distribution, and 745 in administration.

 

ITEM 1A. RISK FACTORS

CAUTIONARY NOTE REGARDING FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS

Any statements made in this report that are not statements of historical fact or that refer to estimated or anticipated future events are forward-looking statements. We have based our forward-looking statements on management’s beliefs and assumptions based on information available to our management at the time these statements are made. Such forward-looking statements reflect our current perspective of our business, future performance, existing trends and information as of the date of this filing. These include, but are not limited to, our beliefs about future revenue and expense levels and growth rates, prospects related to our strategic initiatives and business strategies, including the integration of, and synergies associated with, strategic acquisitions, express

 

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or implied assumptions about government regulatory action or inaction, anticipated product approvals and launches, business initiatives and product development activities, assessments related to clinical trial results, product performance and competitive environment, and anticipated financial performance. Without limiting the generality of the foregoing, words such as “may,” “will,” “expect,” “believe,” “anticipate,” “plan,” “intend,” “could,” “would,” “should,” “estimate,” “continue,” or “pursue,” or the negative or other variations thereof or comparable terminology, are intended to identify forward-looking statements. The statements are not guarantees of future performance and involve certain risks, uncertainties and assumptions that are difficult to predict. We caution the reader that these statements are based on certain assumptions, risks and uncertainties, many of which are beyond our control. In addition, certain important factors may affect our actual operating results and could cause such results to differ materially from those expressed or implied by forward-looking statements. We believe the risks and uncertainties discussed under the section entitled “Risks Related to Our Business,” and other risks and uncertainties detailed herein and from time to time in our SEC filings, may cause our actual results to vary materially from those anticipated in any forward-looking statement.

We disclaim any obligation to publicly update any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as required by law. This discussion is provided as permitted by the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995.

Risks Related to Our Business

We operate in a rapidly changing environment that involves a number of risks, some of which are beyond our control. The following discussion highlights some of these risks and others are discussed elsewhere in this annual report. These and other risks could have a material adverse effect on our business, results of operations, financial condition and cash flows.

Risks Associated With Investing In the Business of Watson

Our operating results and financial condition may fluctuate.

Our operating results and financial condition may fluctuate from quarter to quarter and year to year for a number of reasons. The following events or occurrences, among others, could cause fluctuations in our financial performance from period to period:

 

   

development of new competitive products or generics by others;

 

   

the timing and receipt of approvals by the FDA and other regulatory authorities, including foreign regulatory authorities ;

 

   

the failure to obtain, delay in obtaining or restrictions or limitations on approvals from the FDA or other foreign regulatory authorities;

 

   

difficulties or delays in resolving FDA-observed deficiencies at our manufacturing facilities, which could delay our ability to obtain approvals of pending FDA product applications;

 

   

delays or failures in clinical trials that affect our ability to achieve FDA approvals or approvals from other foreign regulatory authorities;

 

   

serious or unexpected health or safety concerns with our products or product candidates;

 

   

changes in the amount we spend to develop, acquire or license new products, technologies or businesses;

 

   

changes in the amount we spend to promote our products;

 

   

delays between our expenditures to acquire new products, technologies or businesses and the generation of revenues from those acquired products, technologies or businesses;

 

   

changes in treatment practices of physicians that currently prescribe our products;

 

   

changes in coverage and reimbursement policies of health plans and other health insurers, including changes that affect newly developed or newly acquired products;

 

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changes in laws and regulations concerning coverage and reimbursement of pharmaceutical products, including changes to Medicare, Medicaid, and similar state programs;

 

   

increases in the cost of raw materials used to manufacture our products;

 

   

manufacturing and supply interruptions, including failure to comply with manufacturing specifications;

 

   

the effect of economic changes in hurricane, monsoon, earthquake and other natural disaster-affected areas;

 

   

the impact of third party patents and other intellectual property rights which we may be found to infringe, or may be required to license, and the potential damages or other costs we may be required to pay as a result of a finding that we infringe such intellectual property rights or a decision that we are required to obtain a license to such intellectual property rights;

 

   

the mix of products that we sell during any time period;

 

   

lower than expected demand for our products;

 

   

our responses to price competition;

 

   

our ability to successfully integrate and commercialize the products, technologies and businesses we acquire or license, as applicable;

 

   

expenditures as a result of legal actions;

 

   

market acceptance of our products;

 

   

the impairment and write-down of goodwill or other intangible assets;

 

   

disposition of our primary products, technologies and other rights;

 

   

termination or expiration of, or the outcome of disputes relating to, trademarks, patents, license agreements and other rights;

 

   

changes in insurance rates for existing products and the cost and availability of insurance for new and existing products;

 

   

general economic and industry conditions, including changes in interest rates affecting returns on cash balances and investments that affect customer demand;

 

   

our level of R&D activities;

 

   

impairment or write-down of investments;

 

   

costs and outcomes of any tax audits;

 

   

fluctuations in foreign currency exchange rates;

 

   

costs and outcomes of any litigation involving intellectual property, drug pricing or reimbursement, product liability, customers or other issues;

 

   

timing of revenue recognition related to licensing agreements and/or strategic collaborations; and

 

   

risks related to the growth of our business across numerous countries world-wide and the inherent international economic, regulatory, political and business risks.

As a result, we believe that period-to-period comparisons of our results of operations are not necessarily meaningful, and these comparisons should not be relied upon as an indication of future performance. The above factors may cause our operating results to fluctuate and adversely affect our financial condition and results of operations.

 

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If we are unable to successfully develop or commercialize new products, our operating results will suffer.

Our future results of operations will depend to a significant extent upon our ability to successfully develop and commercialize new brand and generic products in a timely manner. There are numerous difficulties in developing and commercializing new products, including:

 

   

developing, testing and manufacturing products in compliance with regulatory standards in a timely manner;

 

   

receiving requisite regulatory approvals for such products in a timely manner or at all;

 

   

the availability, on commercially reasonable terms, of raw materials, including API and other key ingredients;

 

   

developing and commercializing a new product is time consuming, costly and subject to numerous factors, including legal actions brought by our competitors, that may delay or prevent the development and commercialization of new products;

 

   

experiencing delays or unanticipated costs;

 

   

experiencing delays as a result of limited resources at FDA or other regulatory agencies;

 

   

changing review and approval policies and standards at FDA and other regulatory agencies; and

 

   

commercializing generic products may be substantially delayed by the listing with the FDA of patents that have the effect of potentially delaying approval of the generic product by up to 30 months.

As a result of these and other difficulties, products currently in development by us may or may not receive timely regulatory approvals, or approvals at all, necessary for marketing by us or other third-party partners. This risk particularly exists with respect to the development of proprietary products because of the uncertainties, higher costs and lengthy time frames associated with research and development of such products and the inherent unproven market acceptance of such products. Additionally, we face heightened risks in connection with our development of extended release or controlled release generic products because of the technical difficulties and regulatory requirements related to such products. Additionally, with respect to generic products for which we are the first applicant to request approval on the basis that an innovator patent is invalid or not infringed (a paragraph IV filing), our ability to obtain 180 days of generic market exclusivity may be contingent on our ability to obtain FDA approval or tentative approval within 30 months of FDA’s acceptance of our application for filing. We therefore risk forfeiting such market exclusivity if we are unable to obtain such approval or tentative approval on a timely basis. If any of our products are not timely approved or, when acquired or developed and approved, cannot be successfully manufactured or timely commercialized, our operating results could be adversely affected. We cannot guarantee that any investment we make in developing products will be recouped, even if we are successful in commercializing those products.

Our brand pharmaceutical expenditures may not result in commercially successful products.

Developing and commercializing brand pharmaceutical products is generally more costly than generic products. In the future, we anticipate continuing our product development expenditures for our Global Brands business segment. For example in 2010, we acquired rights to progesterone vaginal gel 8% (“progesterone gel”) to reduce the risk of preterm birth in women with a short cervix. We submitted an NDA for FDA approval of this product in 2011. On January 20, 2012, an FDA Advisory Committee voted against FDA approval of this product. The FDA is not required to follow the Advisory Committee’s recommendation. However, the Advisory Committee recommendation makes it less likely that the product will be approved. In 2012 we plan to initiate a Phase 3 clinical trial for our EsmyaTM product for treatment of uterine fibroids. Such clinical trials are costly and may not result in successful outcomes. We cannot be sure that our business expenditures, including but not limited to our expenditures related to our progesterone gel and EsmyaTM products, will result in the successful discovery, development or launch of brand products that will prove to be commercially successful or will improve the long- term profitability of our business. If such business expenditures do not result in successful discovery, development or launch of commercially successful brand products our results of operations and financial condition could be materially adversely affected.

 

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Our investments in biosimilar products may not result in products that are approved by the FDA or other ex-U.S. regulatory authorities and, even if approved by such authorities, may not result in commercially successful products.

In 2011 we entered into an agreement with Amgen to collaborate on the development and commercialization of biosimilar products. Under the agreement, we will be required to invest up to $400.0 million in furtherance of the development and regulatory approval of such products. Although Amgen, our development partner, has substantial expertise and experience in the development of biosimilar products, significant uncertainty remains concerning the regulatory pathway in the United States and in other countries to obtain regulatory approval of biosimilar products, and the commercial pathway to successfully market and sell such products. In particular, although recently enacted legislation authorizes the FDA to establish a regulatory pathway for the review and approval of such products, to date no such pathway has been established. Even if FDA enacts rules and regulations concerning the development and approval of follow on biosimilars, such regulations could include provisions that provide up to twelve or more years of exclusive marketing rights for the original developer of the product on which a follow on biosimilar product is based. Additionally, biosimilar products will likely be subject to extensive patent clearances and/or patent infringement litigation, which could delay or prevent the commercial launch of a product for many years. Further, our collaboration with Amgen may not be result in products that meet the requirements established by the FDA or other ex-U.S. regulatory authorities. If our collaboration does result in biosimilar products that obtain FDA or other ex-U.S. regulatory authority approval, such product(s) may not be commercially successful and/or may not generate profits in amounts that are sufficient to offset the amount invested to obtain such approvals. Market success of biosimilar products will depend on demonstrating to patients, physicians and payors that such products are safe and efficacious compared to other existing products yet offer a more competitive price or other benefit over existing therapies. If our collaboration with Amgen does not result in the development and timely approval of biosimilar products or if such products, once developed and approved, are not commercially successful, our results of operations, financial condition and cash flows could be materially adversely affected.

Any acquisitions of technologies, products and businesses, may be difficult to integrate, could adversely affect our relationships with key customers, and/or could result in significant charges to earnings.

We regularly review potential acquisitions of technologies, products and businesses complementary to our business. Acquisitions typically entail many risks and could result in difficulties in integrating operations, personnel, technologies and products. If we are not able to successfully integrate our acquisitions, we may not obtain the advantages and synergies that the acquisitions were intended to create, which may have a material adverse effect on our business, results of operations, financial condition and cash flows, our ability to develop and introduce new products and the market price of our stock. In addition, in connection with acquisitions, we could experience disruption in our business, technology and information systems, customer or employee base, including diversion of management’s attention from our continuing operations. There is also a risk that key employees of companies that we acquire or key employees necessary to successfully commercialize technologies and products that we acquire may seek employment elsewhere, including with our competitors. Furthermore, there may be overlap between our products or customers and the companies that we acquire that may create conflicts in relationships or other commitments detrimental to the integrated businesses. If we are unable to successfully integrate products, technologies, businesses or personnel that we acquire, we could incur significant impairment charges or other adverse financial consequences.

In addition, as a result of acquiring businesses or products, or entering into other significant transactions, we have experienced, and will likely continue to experience, significant charges to earnings for merger and related expenses. These costs may include substantial fees for investment bankers, attorneys, accountants, and severance and other closure costs associated with the elimination of duplicate or discontinued products, operations and facilities. Charges that we may incur in connection with acquisitions could adversely affect our results of operations for particular quarterly or annual periods.

If we are unsuccessful in our joint ventures and other collaborations, our operating results could suffer.

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pharmaceutical companies as partners that may be competitors of ours in certain markets. In many instances, we will not control these joint ventures or collaborations or the commercial exploitation of the licensed products, and cannot assure you that these ventures will be profitable. Although restrictions contained in certain of these programs have not had a material adverse impact on the marketing of our own products to date, any such marketing restrictions could affect future revenues and have a material adverse effect on our operations. Our results of operations may suffer if existing joint venture or collaboration partners withdraw, or if these products are not timely developed, approved or successfully commercialized.

If we are unable to adequately protect our technology or enforce our patents, our business could suffer.

Our success with the brand products that we develop will depend, in part, on our ability to obtain patent protection for these products. We currently have a number of U.S. and foreign patents issued and pending. However, issuance of a patent is not conclusive evidence of its validity or enforceability. We cannot be sure that we will receive patents for any of our pending patent applications or any patent applications we may file in the future, or that our issued patents will be upheld if challenged. If our current and future patent applications are not approved or, if approved, our patents are not upheld in a court of law if challenged, it may reduce our ability to competitively exploit our patented products. Also, such patents may or may not provide competitive advantages for their respective products or they may be challenged or circumvented by our competitors, in which case our ability to commercially market these products may be diminished. For example, in October 2011, we received notice that competitors had filed ANDAs seeking approval to market a generic version of our Generess® Fe product prior to expiration of the patents that protect the product. Our licensor, Warner-Chilcott Company filed suit against both ANDA filers in November and December of 2011. Additionally, patents covering our Androderm® and INFed® products have expired and we have no further patent protection on these products. Therefore, it is possible that a competitor may launch a generic version of Androderm® and/or INFed® at any time, which would result in a significant decline in that product’s revenue and profit. Both of these products were significant contributors to our Global Brands business in 2011.

We also rely on trade secrets and proprietary know-how that we seek to protect, in part, through confidentiality agreements with our partners, customers, employees and consultants. It is possible that these agreements will be breached or that they will not be enforceable in every instance, and that we will not have adequate remedies for any such breach. It is also possible that our trade secrets will become known or independently developed by our competitors.

If we are unable to adequately protect our technology, trade secrets or propriety know-how, or enforce our intellectual property rights, our results of operations, financial condition and cash flows could suffer.

If pharmaceutical companies are successful in limiting the use of generics through their legislative, regulatory and other efforts, our sales of generic products may suffer.

Many pharmaceutical companies increasingly have used state and federal legislative and regulatory means to delay generic competition. These efforts have included:

 

   

pursuing new patents for existing products which may be granted just before the expiration of earlier patents, which could extend patent protection for additional years or otherwise delay the launch of generics;

 

   

selling the brand product as an Authorized Generic, either by the brand company directly, through an affiliate or by a marketing partner;

 

   

using the Citizen Petition process to request amendments to FDA standards or otherwise delay generic drug approvals;

 

   

seeking changes to U.S. Pharmacopeia, an organization which publishes industry recognized compendia of drug standards;

 

   

attaching patent extension amendments to non-related federal legislation;

 

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engaging in state-by-state initiatives to enact legislation that restricts the substitution of some generic drugs, which could have an impact on products that we are developing;

 

   

entering into agreements with pharmacy benefit management companies which have the effect of blocking the dispensing of generic products; and

 

   

seeking patents on methods of manufacturing certain API.

If pharmaceutical companies or other third parties are successful in limiting the use of generic products through these or other means, our sales of generic products may decline. If we experience a material decline in generic product sales, our results of operations, financial condition and cash flows will suffer.

If competitors are successful in limiting competition for certain generic products through their legislative, regulatory and litigation efforts, our sales of certain generic products may suffer.

Certain of our competitors have recently challenged our ability to distribute Authorized Generics during the competitors’ 180-day period of ANDA exclusivity under the Hatch-Waxman Act. Under the challenged arrangements, we have obtained rights to market and distribute under a brand manufacturer’s NDA a generic alternative of the brand product. Some of our competitors have challenged the propriety of these arrangements by filing Citizen Petitions with the FDA, initiating lawsuits alleging violation of the antitrust and consumer protection laws, and seeking legislative intervention. For example, legislation has been introduced in the U.S. Senate that would prohibit the marketing of Authorized Generics during the 180-day period of ANDA exclusivity under the Hatch-Waxman Act. If distribution of Authorized Generic versions of brand products is otherwise restricted or found unlawful, our results of operations, financial condition and cash flows could be materially adversely affected.

From time to time we may need to rely on licenses to proprietary technologies, which may be difficult or expensive to obtain.

We may need to obtain licenses to patents and other proprietary rights held by third parties to develop, manufacture and market products. If we are unable to timely obtain these licenses on commercially reasonable terms, our ability to commercially market our products may be inhibited or prevented, which could have a material adverse effect on our business, results of operations, financial condition and cash flows.

Third parties may claim that we infringe their proprietary rights and may prevent us from manufacturing and selling some of our products.

The manufacture, use and sale of new products that are the subject of conflicting patent rights have been the subject of substantial litigation in the pharmaceutical industry. These lawsuits relate to the validity and infringement of patents or proprietary rights of third parties. We may have to defend against charges that we violated patents or proprietary rights of third parties. This is especially true in the case of generic products on which the patent covering the brand product is expiring, an area where infringement litigation is prevalent, and in the case of new brand products where a competitor has obtained patents for similar products. Litigation may be costly and time-consuming, and could divert the attention of our management and technical personnel. In addition, if we infringe the rights of others, we could lose our right to develop, manufacture or market products or could be required to pay monetary damages or royalties to license proprietary rights from third parties. For example, we are engaged in litigation with Bayer Pharmaceuticals concerning whether our Zarahtm product infringes Bayer’s U.S. Patent Number 5,569,652, and U.S. Patent Number RE 37,564, and we continue to manufacture and market our Zarahtm product during the pendency of the litigation. We are also engaged in litigation with Bayer Pharmaceuticals concerning whether our Vesturatm product infringes Bayer’s U.S. Patent Number 5,569,652 and we continue to manufacture and market our Vestura product. Similarly, we are engaged in litigation with Duramed Pharmaceuticals concerning whether our Amethiatm product infringes Duramed’s U.S. Patent 7,320,969 and we continue to manufacture and market our Amethiatm product. Although the parties to patent and intellectual property disputes in the pharmaceutical industry have often settled their disputes through licensing or similar arrangements, the costs associated with these arrangements may be substantial and could include ongoing royalties. Furthermore, we cannot be certain that the necessary licenses would be available to us

 

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on commercially reasonable terms, or at all. As a result, an adverse determination in a judicial or administrative proceeding or failure to obtain necessary licenses could result in substantial monetary damage awards and could prevent us from manufacturing and selling a number of our products, which could have a material adverse effect on our business, results of operations, financial condition and cash flows. See Legal Matters in “NOTE 16 — Commitments and Contingencies” in the accompanying “Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements” in this Annual Report.

Our distribution operations are highly dependent upon a primary courier service.

Product deliveries within our Distribution business are highly dependent on overnight delivery services to deliver our products in a timely and reliable manner, typically by overnight service. Our Distribution business ships a substantial portion of products via one courier’s air and ground delivery service. If the courier terminates our contract or if we cannot renew the contract on favorable terms or enter into a contract with an equally reliable overnight courier to perform and offer the same service level at similar or more favorable rates, our business, results of operations, financial condition and cash flows could be materially adversely affected.

Our distribution operations concentrate on generic products and therefore are subject to the risks of the generic industry.

The ability of our Distribution business to provide consistent, sequential quarterly growth is affected, in large part, by our participation in the launch of new products by generic manufacturers and the subsequent advent and extent of competition encountered by these products. This competition can result in significant and rapid declines in pricing with a corresponding decrease in net sales of our Distribution business. Our margins can also be affected by the risks inherent to the generic industry, which is discussed below under “Risks Relating to Investing in the Pharmaceutical Industry.”

Our distribution operations compete directly with significant customers of our generic and brand businesses.

In our Distribution business, our main competitors are McKesson Corporation, AmerisourceBergen Corporation and Cardinal Health, Inc. These companies are significant customers of our Global Generics and Global Brands operations and collectively accounted for approximately 30% of our annual net revenues in 2011. Our activities related to our Distribution business, as well as the acquisition of other businesses that compete with our customers, may result in the disruption of our business, which could harm relationships with our current customers, employees or suppliers, and could adversely affect our expenses, pricing, third-party relationships and revenues. Further, a loss of a significant customer of our Global Generics or Global Brands operations could have a material adverse effect on our business, results of operations, financial condition and cash flows.

If we are unable to obtain sufficient supplies from key manufacturing sites or suppliers that in some cases may be the only source of finished products or raw materials, our ability to deliver our products to the market may be impeded.

We are required to identify the supplier(s) of all the raw materials for our products in our applications with the FDA and other regulatory agencies. To the extent practicable, we attempt to identify more than one supplier in each drug application. However, some products and raw materials are available only from a single source and, in many of our drug applications, only one supplier of products and raw materials or site of manufacture has been identified, even in instances where multiple sources exist. Some of these products have historically accounted for a significant portion of our revenues, such as INFed®, metoprolol succinate extended release tablets, methylphenidate hydrochloride extended release tablets, bupropion sustained release tablets and a significant number of our oral contraceptive and controlled substance products. From time to time, certain of our manufacturing sites or outside suppliers have experienced regulatory or supply-related difficulties that have inhibited their ability to deliver products and raw materials to us, causing supply delays or interruptions. To the extent any difficulties experienced by our manufacturing sites or suppliers cannot be resolved or extensions of

 

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our key supply agreements cannot be negotiated within a reasonable time and on commercially reasonable terms, or if raw materials for a particular product become unavailable from an approved supplier and we are required to qualify a new supplier with the FDA, or if we are unable to do so, our profit margins and market share for the affected product could decrease or be eliminated, as well as delay our development and sales and marketing efforts. Such outcomes could have a material adverse effect on our business, results of operations, financial condition and cash flows.

Our manufacturing sites in India, Canada, Greece and Malta, and our arrangements with foreign suppliers, are subject to certain additional risks, including the availability of government clearances, export duties, political instability, war, acts of terrorism, currency fluctuations and restrictions on the transfer of funds. For example, we obtain a significant portion of our raw materials from foreign suppliers. Arrangements with international raw material suppliers are subject to, among other things, FDA and foreign regulatory body regulation, customs clearances, various import duties and other government clearances, as well as potential shipping delays due to inclement weather, political instability, strikes or other matters outside of our control. Acts of governments outside the U.S. may affect the price or availability of raw materials needed for the development or manufacture of our products. In addition, recent changes in patent laws in jurisdictions outside the U.S. may make it increasingly difficult to obtain raw materials for R&D prior to the expiration of the applicable U.S. or foreign patents.

Our policies regarding returns, allowances and chargebacks, and marketing programs adopted by wholesalers, may reduce our revenues in future fiscal periods.

Consistent with industry practice we, like many generic product manufacturers, have liberal return policies and have been willing to give customers post-sale inventory allowances. Under these arrangements, from time to time, we may give our customers credits on our generic products that our customers hold in inventory after we have decreased the market prices of the same generic products. Therefore, if new competitors enter the marketplace and significantly lower the prices of any of their competing products, we may reduce the price of our product. As a result, we may be obligated to provide significant credits to our customers who are then holding inventories of such products, which could reduce sales revenue and gross margin for the period the credit is provided. Like our competitors, we also give credits for chargebacks to wholesale customers that have contracts with us for their sales to hospitals, group purchasing organizations, pharmacies or other retail customers. A chargeback represents an amount payable in the future to a wholesaler for the difference between the invoice price paid to us by our wholesale customer for a particular product and the negotiated price that the wholesaler’s customer pays for that product. Although we establish reserves based on our prior experience and our best estimates of the impact that these policies may have in subsequent periods, we cannot ensure that our reserves are adequate or that actual product returns, allowances and chargebacks will not exceed our estimates, which could have a material adverse effect on our results of operations, financial condition, cash flows and the market price of our stock.

Investigations of the calculation of average wholesale prices may adversely affect our business.

Many government and third-party payers, including Medicare, Medicaid, HMOs and MCOs, have historically reimbursed doctors, pharmacies and others for the purchase of certain prescription drugs based on a drug’s AWP or wholesale acquisition cost (“WAC”). In the past several years, state and federal government agencies have conducted ongoing investigations of manufacturers’ reporting practices with respect to AWP and WAC, in which they have suggested that reporting of inflated AWP’s or WAC’s have led to excessive payments for prescription drugs. For example, beginning in July 2002, we and certain of our subsidiaries, as well as numerous other pharmaceutical companies, were named as defendants in various state and federal court actions alleging improper or fraudulent practices related to the reporting of AWP and/or WAC of certain products, and other improper acts, in order to increase prices and market shares. Additional actions are anticipated. These actions, if successful, could adversely affect us and may have a material adverse effect on our business, results of operations, financial condition and cash flows. See Legal Matters in “NOTE 16 — Commitments and Contingencies” in the accompanying “Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements” in this Annual Report.

 

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The design, development, manufacture and sale of our products involves the risk of product liability claims by consumers and other third parties, and insurance against such potential claims is expensive and may be difficult to obtain.

The design, development, manufacture and sale of our products involve an inherent risk of product liability claims and the associated adverse publicity. Insurance coverage is expensive and may be difficult to obtain, and may not be available in the future on acceptable terms, or at all. We regularly monitor the use of our products for trends or increases in reports of adverse events or product complaints, and regularly report such matters to the FDA. In some, but not all, cases an increase in adverse event reports may be an indication that there has been a change in a product’s specifications or efficacy. Such changes could lead to a recall of the product in question or, in some cases, increases in product liability claims related to the product in question. If the coverage limits for product liability insurance policies are not adequate or if certain of our products are excluded from coverage, a claim brought against us, whether covered by insurance or not, could have a material adverse effect on our business, results of operations, financial condition and cash flows. See Legal Matters in “NOTE 16 — Commitments and Contingencies” in the accompanying “Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements” in this Annual Report.

The loss of our key personnel could cause our business to suffer.

The success of our present and future operations will depend, to a significant extent, upon the experience, abilities and continued services of key personnel. For example, although we have other senior management personnel, a significant loss of the services of Paul Bisaro, our Chief Executive Officer, or other senior executive officers without having or hiring a suitable successor, could cause our business to suffer. We cannot assure you that we will be able to attract and retain key personnel. We have entered into employment agreements with many of our senior executive officers but such agreements do not guarantee that our senior executive officers will remain employed by us for a significant period of time, or at all. We do not carry key-employee life insurance on any of our officers.

Significant balances of intangible assets, including product rights and goodwill acquired, are subject to impairment testing and may result in impairment charges, which will adversely affect our results of operations and financial condition.

A significant amount of our total assets is related to acquired intangibles and goodwill. As of December 31, 2011, the carrying value of our product rights and other intangible assets was approximately $1.61 billion and the carrying value of our goodwill was approximately $1.71 billion.

Our product rights are stated at cost, less accumulated amortization. We determine original fair value and amortization periods for product rights based on our assessment of various factors impacting estimated useful lives and cash flows of the acquired products. Such factors include the product’s position in its life cycle, the existence or absence of like products in the market, various other competitive and regulatory issues and contractual terms. Significant adverse changes to any of these factors would require us to perform an impairment test on the affected asset and, if evidence of impairment exists, we would be required to take an impairment charge with respect to the asset. Such a charge could have a material adverse effect on our results of operations and financial condition.

Our other significant intangible assets include acquired core technology and customer relationships, which are intangible assets with definite lives, our Anda trade name and acquired in-process research and development (“IPR&D”) intangibles, acquired in recent business acquisitions, which are intangible assets with indefinite lives.

Our acquired core technology and customer relationship intangible assets are stated at cost, less accumulated amortization. We determined the original fair value of our other intangible assets by performing a discounted cash flow analysis, which is based on our assessment of various factors. Such factors include existing operating margins, the number of existing and potential competitors, product pricing patterns, product market share analysis, product approval and launch dates, the effects of competition, customer attrition rates, consolidation within the industry and generic product lifecycle estimates. Our other intangible assets with definite lives are tested for impairment when there are significant changes to any of these factors. If evidence of

 

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impairment exists, we would be required to take an impairment charge with respect to the impaired asset. Such a charge could have a material adverse effect on our results of operations and financial condition.

Goodwill, our Anda trade name intangible asset and our IPR&D intangible assets are tested for impairment annually when events occur or circumstances change that could potentially reduce the fair value of the reporting unit or intangible asset. Impairment testing compares the fair value of the reporting unit or intangible asset to its carrying amount. A goodwill, trade name or IPR&D impairment, if any, would be recorded in operating income and could have a material adverse effect on our results of operations and financial condition. During the year, the Company recorded $102.8 million impairment charges related to certain IPR&D assets acquired.

We may need to raise additional funds in the future which may not be available on acceptable terms or at all.

We may consider issuing additional debt or equity securities in the future to fund potential acquisitions or investments, to refinance existing debt, or for general corporate purposes. If we issue equity or convertible debt securities to raise additional funds, our existing stockholders may experience dilution, and the new equity or debt securities may have rights, preferences and privileges senior to those of our existing stockholders. If we incur additional debt, it may increase our leverage relative to our earnings or to our equity capitalization, requiring us to pay additional interest expenses and potentially lower our credit ratings. We may not be able to market such issuances on favorable terms, or at all, in which case, we may not be able to develop or enhance our products, execute our business plan, take advantage of future opportunities, or respond to competitive pressures or unanticipated customer requirements.

Our business could suffer as a result of manufacturing difficulties or delays.

The manufacture of certain of our products and product candidates, particularly our controlled-release products, transdermal products, and our oral contraceptive products, is more difficult than the manufacture of immediate-release products. Successful manufacturing of these types of products requires precise manufacturing process controls, API that conforms to very tight tolerances for specific characteristics and equipment that operates consistently within narrow performance ranges. Manufacturing complexity, testing requirements, and safety and security processes combine to increase the overall difficulty of manufacturing these products and resolving manufacturing problems that we may encounter.

Our manufacturing and other processes utilize sophisticated equipment, which sometimes require a significant amount of time to obtain and install. Our business could suffer if certain manufacturing or other equipment, or a portion or all of our facilities were to become inoperable for a period of time. This could occur for various reasons, including catastrophic events such as earthquake, monsoon, hurricane or explosion, unexpected equipment failures or delays in obtaining components or replacements thereof, as well as construction delays or defects and other events, both within and outside of our control. Our inability to timely manufacture any of our significant products could have a material adverse effect on our results of operations, financial condition and cash flows.

Our substantial debt and other financial obligations could impair our financial condition and our ability to fulfill our debt obligations. Any refinancing of this substantial debt could be at significantly higher interest rates.

As of December 31, 2011, we had total debt of approximately $1.0 billion. Our substantial indebtedness and other financial obligations could:

 

   

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require us to dedicate a substantial portion of our cash flow for interest payments on our indebtedness and other financial obligations, thereby reducing the availability of our cash flow to fund working capital and capital expenditures;

 

   

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place us at a competitive disadvantage compared to our competitors that have proportionally less debt.

If we are unable to meet our debt service obligations and other financial obligations, we could be forced to restructure or refinance our indebtedness and other financial transactions, seek additional equity capital or sell our assets. We might then be unable to obtain such financing or capital or sell our assets on satisfactory terms, if at all. Any refinancing of our indebtedness could be at significantly higher interest rates, and/or incur significant transaction fees.

Our business will continue to expose us to risks of environmental liabilities.

Our product and API development programs, manufacturing processes and distribution logistics involve the controlled use of hazardous materials, chemicals and toxic compounds in our owned and leased facilities. As a result, we are subject to numerous and increasingly stringent federal, state and local environmental laws and regulations concerning, among other things, the generation, handling, storage, transportation, treatment and disposal of toxic and hazardous materials and the discharge of pollutants into the air and water. Our programs and processes expose us to risks that an accidental contamination could result in (i) our noncompliance with such environmental laws and regulations and (ii) regulatory enforcement actions or claims for personal injury and property damage against us. If an accident or environmental discharge occurs, or if we discover contamination caused by prior operations, including by prior owners and operators of properties we acquire, we could be liable for cleanup obligations, damages and fines. The substantial unexpected costs we may incur could have a material and adverse effect on our business, results of operations, financial condition, and cash flows. In addition, environmental permits and controls are required for some of our operations, and these permits are subject to modification, renewal and revocation by the issuing authorities. Any modification, revocation or non-renewal of our environmental permits could have a material adverse effect on our ongoing operations, business and financial condition. Our environmental capital expenditures and costs for environmental compliance may increase in the future as a result of changes in environmental laws and regulations or increased development or manufacturing activities at any of our facilities.

Global economic conditions could harm us.

Recent global market and economic conditions have been unprecedented and challenging with tighter credit conditions and recession in most major economies during 2009, 2010, 2011 and continuing in 2012. Continued concerns about the systemic impact of potential long-term and wide-spread recession, energy costs, geopolitical issues, the availability and cost of credit, and the global real estate markets have contributed to increased market volatility and diminished expectations for western and emerging economies. These conditions, combined with volatile oil prices, declining business and consumer confidence and increased unemployment, have contributed to volatility of unprecedented levels.

As a result of these market conditions, the cost and availability of credit has been and may continue to be adversely affected by illiquid credit markets and wider credit spreads. Concern about the stability of the markets generally and the strength of counterparties specifically has led many lenders and institutional investors to reduce, and in some cases, cease to provide credit to businesses and consumers. These factors have resulted in a decrease in spending by businesses and consumers alike, and a corresponding decrease in global infrastructure spending. Continued turbulence in the U.S. and international markets and economies and prolonged declines in business consumer spending may adversely affect our liquidity and financial condition, and the liquidity and financial condition of our customers, including our ability to refinance maturing liabilities and access the capital markets to meet liquidity needs.

 

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Our foreign operations may become less attractive if political and diplomatic relations between the United States and any country where we conduct business operations deteriorates.

The relationship between the United States and the foreign countries where we conduct business operations may weaken over time. Changes in the state of the relations between any such country and the United States are difficult to predict and could adversely affect our future operations. This could lead to a decline in our profitability. Any meaningful deterioration of the political and diplomatic relations between the United States and the relevant country could have a material adverse effect on our operations.

Our global operations expose us to risks and challenges associated with conducting business internationally.

We operate on a global basis with offices or activities in Europe, Africa, Asia, South America, Australasia and North America. We face several risks inherent in conducting business internationally, including compliance with international and U.S. laws and regulations that apply to our international operations. These laws and regulations include data privacy requirements, labor relations laws, tax laws, anti-competition regulations, import and trade restrictions, export requirements, U.S. laws such as the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, and local laws which also prohibit corrupt payments to governmental officials or certain payments or remunerations to customers. Given the high level of complexity of these laws, however, there is a risk that some provisions may be inadvertently breached, for example through fraudulent or negligent behavior of individual employees, our failure to comply with certain formal documentation requirements or otherwise. Violations of these laws and regulations could result in fines, criminal sanctions against us, our officers or our employees, and prohibitions on the conduct of our business. Any such violations could include prohibitions on our ability to offer our products in one or more countries and could materially damage our reputation, our brand, our international expansion efforts, our ability to attract and retain employees, our business and our operating results. Our success depends, in part, on our ability to anticipate these risks and manage these difficulties.

In addition to the foregoing, engaging in international business inherently involves a number of other difficulties and risks, including:

 

   

longer payment cycles and difficulties in enforcing agreements and collecting receivables through certain foreign legal systems;

 

   

political and economic instability;

 

   

potentially adverse tax consequences, tariffs, customs charges, bureaucratic requirements and other trade barriers;

 

   

difficulties and costs of staffing and managing foreign operations;

 

   

difficulties protecting or procuring intellectual property rights; and

 

   

fluctuations in foreign currency exchange rates.

These factors or any combination of these factors may adversely affect our revenue or our overall financial performance.

We have exposure to tax liabilities.

As a multinational corporation, we are subject to income taxes as well as non-income based taxes, in both the United States and various foreign jurisdictions. Significant judgment is required in determining our worldwide provision for income taxes and other tax liabilities. Changes in tax laws or tax rulings may have a significantly adverse impact on our effective tax rate. Recent proposals by the current U.S. administration for fundamental U.S. international tax reform, including without limitation provisions that would limit the ability of U.S. multinationals to defer U.S. taxes on foreign income, if enacted, could have a significant adverse impact on our effective tax rate following the Arrow Acquisition.

 

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Foreign currency fluctuations could adversely affect our business and financial results.

We do business and generate sales in numerous countries outside the United States. As such, foreign currency fluctuations may affect the costs that we incur in such international operations. Some of our operating expenses are incurred in non-U.S. dollar currencies. The appreciation of non-U.S. dollar currencies in those countries where we have operations against the U.S. dollar could increase our costs and could harm our results of operations and financial condition.

Substantial amounts of our information concerning our products, customers, employees and ongoing business are stored digitally and is subject to threats of theft, tampering, or other intrusion.

We collect and maintain information in digital form that is necessary to conduct our business. This digital information includes, but is not limited to, confidential and proprietary information as well as personal information regarding our customers and employees. Data maintained in digital form is subject to the risk of intrusion, tampering, and theft. We have established physical, electronic, and organizational measures to safeguard and secure our systems to prevent a data compromise, and rely on commercially available systems, software, tools, and monitoring to provide security for the processing, transmission and storage of digital information. However, the development and maintenance of these systems is costly and requires ongoing monitoring and updating as technologies change and efforts to overcome security measures become increasingly more sophisticated. Despite our efforts, the possibility of a future data compromise cannot be eliminated entirely, and risks associated with intrusion, tampering, and theft remain. In addition, we provide confidential, proprietary and personal information to third parties when it is necessary to pursue our business objectives. While we obtain assurances that these third parties will protect this information and, where appropriate, monitor the protections employed by these third parties, there is a risk the confidentiality of data held by third parties may be compromised. If our data systems are compromised, our business operations may be impaired, we may lose profitable opportunities or the value of those opportunities may be diminished, and we may lose revenue as a result of unlicensed use of our intellectual property. If personal information of our customers or employees is misappropriated, our reputation with our customers and employees may be injured resulting in loss of business and/or morale, and we may incur costs to remediate possible injury to our customers and employees or be required to pay fines or take other action with respect to judicial or regulatory actions arising out of such incidents.

Risks Relating To Investing In the Pharmaceutical Industry

Extensive industry regulation has had, and will continue to have, a significant impact on our business, especially our product development, manufacturing and distribution capabilities.

All pharmaceutical companies, including Watson, are subject to extensive, complex, costly and evolving government regulation. For the U.S., this is principally administered by the FDA and to a lesser extent by the DEA and state government agencies, as well as by varying regulatory agencies in foreign countries where products or product candidates are being manufactured and/or marketed. The Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act, the Controlled Substances Act and other federal statutes and regulations, and similar foreign statutes and regulations, govern or influence the testing, manufacturing, packing, labeling, storing, record keeping, safety, approval, advertising, promotion, sale and distribution of our products.

Under these regulations, we are subject to periodic inspection of our facilities, procedures and operations and/or the testing of our products by the FDA, the DEA and other authorities, which conduct periodic inspections to confirm that we are in compliance with all applicable regulations. In addition, the FDA and foreign regulatory agencies conduct pre-approval and post-approval reviews and plant inspections to determine whether our systems and processes are in compliance with cGMP and other regulations. Following such inspections, the FDA or other agency may issue observations, notices, citations and/or Warning Letters that could cause us to modify certain activities identified during the inspection. FDA guidelines specify that a Warning Letter is issued only for violations of “regulatory significance” for which the failure to adequately and promptly achieve correction may be expected to result in an enforcement action. We are also required to report adverse events associated with our products to FDA and other regulatory authorities. Unexpected or serious health or safety concerns would result in product liability claims, labeling changes, recalls, market withdrawals or other regulatory actions.

 

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Our manufacturing facility in Corona, California is currently subject to a consent decree of permanent injunction. We cannot assure that the FDA will determine we have adequately corrected deficiencies at our Corona manufacturing site, that subsequent FDA inspections at any of our manufacturing sites will not result in additional inspectional observations at such sites, that approval of any of the pending or subsequently submitted NDAs, ANDAs or supplements to such applications by Watson or our subsidiaries will be granted or that the FDA will not seek to impose additional sanctions against Watson or any of its subsidiaries. The range of possible sanctions includes, among others, FDA issuance of adverse publicity, product recalls or seizures, fines, total or partial suspension of production and/or distribution, suspension of the FDA’s review of product applications, enforcement actions, injunctions, and civil or criminal prosecution. Any such sanctions, if imposed, could have a material adverse effect on our business, operating results, financial condition and cash flows. Under certain circumstances, the FDA also has the authority to revoke previously granted drug approvals. Similar sanctions as detailed above may be available to the FDA under a consent decree, depending upon the actual terms of such decree. Although we have instituted internal compliance programs, if these programs do not meet regulatory agency standards or if compliance is deemed deficient in any significant way, it could materially harm our business. Certain of our vendors are subject to similar regulation and periodic inspections.

The process for obtaining governmental approval to manufacture and market pharmaceutical products is rigorous, time-consuming and costly, and we cannot predict the extent to which we may be affected by legislative and regulatory developments. We are dependent on receiving FDA and other governmental or third-party approvals prior to manufacturing, marketing and shipping our products. Consequently, there is always the chance that we will not obtain FDA or other necessary approvals, or that the rate, timing and cost of obtaining such approvals, will adversely affect our product introduction plans or results of operations. We carry inventories of certain product(s) in anticipation of launch, and if such product(s) are not subsequently launched, we may be required to write-off the related inventory.

Our Distribution operations and our customers are subject to various regulatory requirements, including requirements from the DEA, FDA, state boards of pharmacy and city and county health regulators, among others. These include licensing, registration, recordkeeping, security and reporting requirements. Although physicians may prescribe FDA approved products for an “off label” indication, we are permitted to market our products only for the indications for which they have been approved. Some of our products are prescribed off label and FDA or other regulatory authorities could take enforcement actions if they conclude that we or our distributors have engaged in off label marketing. In addition, several states and the federal government have begun to enforce anti-counterfeit drug pedigree laws which require the tracking of all transactions involving prescription drugs beginning with the manufacturer, through the supply chain, and down to the pharmacy or other health care provider dispensing or administering prescription drug products. For example, effective July 1, 2006, the Florida Department of Health began enforcement of the drug pedigree requirements for distribution of prescription drugs in the State of Florida. Pursuant to Florida law and regulations, wholesalers and distributors, including our subsidiary, Anda Pharmaceuticals, are required to maintain records documenting the chain of custody of prescription drug products they distribute beginning with the purchase of products from the manufacturer. These entities are required to provide documentation of the prior transaction(s) to their customers in Florida, including pharmacies and other health care entities. Several other states have proposed or enacted legislation to implement similar or more stringent drug pedigree requirements. In addition, federal law requires that a “non-authorized distributor of record” must provide a drug pedigree documenting the prior purchase of a prescription drug from the manufacturer or from an “authorized distributor of record.” In cases where the wholesaler or distributor selling the drug product is not deemed an “authorized distributor of record” it would need to maintain such records. FDA had announced its intent to impose additional drug pedigree requirements (e.g., tracking of lot numbers and documentation of all transactions) through implementation of drug pedigree regulations which were to have taken effect on December 1, 2006. However, a federal appeals court has issued a preliminary injunction to several wholesale distributors granting an indefinite stay of these regulations pending a challenge to the regulations by these wholesale distributors.

Federal regulation of arrangements between manufacturers of brand and generic products could adversely affect our business.

As part of the MMA, companies are required to file with the FTC and the Department of Justice certain types of agreements entered into between brand and generic pharmaceutical companies related to the manufacture, marketing and sale of generic versions of brand drugs. This requirement, as well as new legislation pending in U.S. Congress related to settlements between brand and generic drug manufacturers, could affect the

 

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manner in which generic drug manufacturers resolve intellectual property litigation and other disputes with brand pharmaceutical companies and could result generally in an increase in private-party litigation against pharmaceutical companies or additional investigations or proceedings by the FTC or other governmental authorities. The impact of this requirement, the pending legislation and the potential private-party lawsuits associated with arrangements between brand name and generic drug manufacturers, is uncertain and could adversely affect our business. For example, in January 2009, the FTC and the State of California filed a lawsuit against us alleging that our settlement with Solvay related to our ANDA for a generic version of Androgel® is unlawful. Numerous private parties purporting to represent various classes of plaintiffs filed similar lawsuits. Additionally, we have received requests for information, in the form of civil investigative demands or subpoenas, from the FTC, concerning our settlement with Cephalon related to our ANDA for a generic version of Provigil®. We have also received requests for information in connection with similar investigations into settlements and other arrangements between competing pharmaceutical companies by the European Competition Commission. Any adverse outcome of these actions or investigations, or actions or investigations related to other settlements we have entered into, could have a material adverse effect on our business, results of operations, financial condition and cash flows. See Legal Matters in “NOTE 16 — Commitments and Contingencies” in the accompanying “Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements” in this Annual Report.

We are subject to federal and state healthcare fraud and abuse laws which may adversely affect our business.

In the United States, most of our products are reimbursed under federal and state health care programs such as Medicaid, Medicare, TriCare, and or state pharmaceutical assistance programs. Many foreign countries have similar laws. Federal and state laws designed to prevent fraud and abuse under these programs prohibit pharmaceutical companies from offering valuable items or services to customers or potential customers to induce them to buy, prescribe, or recommend Watson’s product (the so-called “antikickback” laws). Exceptions are provided for discounts and certain other arrangements if specified requirements are met. Other federal and state laws, and similar foreign laws, not only prohibit us from submitting any false information to government reimbursement programs but also prohibit us and our employees from doing anything to cause, assist, or encourage our customers to submit false claims for payment to these programs. Violations of the fraud and abuse laws may result in severe penalties against the responsible employees and Watson, including jail sentences, large fines, and the exclusion of Watson products from reimbursement under federal and state programs. Watson is committed to conducting the sales and marketing of its products in compliance with the healthcare fraud and abuse laws, but certain applicable laws may impose liability even in the absence of specific intent to defraud. Furthermore, should there be ambiguity, a governmental authority may take a position contrary to a position we have taken, or should an employee violate these laws without our knowledge, a governmental authority may impose civil and/or criminal sanctions. For example, in December 2009, we learned that numerous pharmaceutical companies, including certain subsidiaries of the Company, have been named as defendants in a qui tam action pending in the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts alleging that the defendants falsely reported to the United States that certain pharmaceutical products were eligible for Medicaid reimbursement and thereby allegedly caused false claims for payment to be made through the Medicaid program. Any adverse outcome of this action, or the imposition of penalties or sanctions for failing to comply with the fraud and abuse laws, could adversely affect us and may have a material adverse effect on our business, results of operations, financial condition and cash flows. See Legal Matters in “NOTE 16 — Commitments and Contingencies” in the accompanying “Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements” in this Annual Report.

Healthcare reform and a reduction in the coverage and reimbursement levels by governmental authorities, HMOs, MCOs or other third-party payers may adversely affect our business.

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pharmaceutical products. Further, the trend toward managed healthcare in the U.S., the growth of organizations such as HMOs and MCOs and legislative proposals to reform healthcare and government insurance programs create uncertainties regarding the future levels of coverage and reimbursement for pharmaceutical products. Such cost containment measures and healthcare reform could reduce reimbursement of our pharmaceutical products, resulting in lower prices and a reduction in the product demand. This could affect our ability to sell our products and could have a material adverse effect on our business, results of operations, financial condition and cash flows.

There is uncertainty surrounding implementation of legislation involving payments for pharmaceuticals under government programs such as Medicare, Medicaid and Tricare. Depending on how existing provisions are implemented, the methodology for certain payment rates and other computations under the Medicaid Drug Rebate program reimbursements may be reduced or not be available for some of Watson’s products. Additionally, any reimbursement granted may not be maintained or limits on reimbursement available from third-party payers may reduce demand for, or negatively affect the price of those products. Ongoing uncertainty and legal challenges to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (“PPACA”), including but not limited to, modification in calculation of rebates, mandated financial or other contributions to close the Medicare Part D coverage gap “donut hole”, calculation of AMP, and other provisions could have a material adverse effect on our business. In addition, various legislative and regulatory initiatives in states, including proposed modifications to reimbursements and rebates, product pedigree and tracking, pharmaceutical waste “take-back” initiatives, and therapeutic category generic substitution carve-out legislation may also have a negative impact on the Company. Watson maintains a full-time government affairs department in Washington, DC, which is responsible for coordinating state and federal legislative activities, and place a major emphasis in terms of management time and resources to ensure a fair and balance legislative and regulatory arena.

PPACA also extended Medicaid rebates to Medicaid MCOs. MCO rebates may have a significant impact on our brand portfolio. Medicaid managed care enrollment is over 70% of total Medicaid enrollment. This provision is likely to increase manufacturers’ Medicaid rebate liability substantially, particularly in states with large Medicaid managed care enrollment (e.g., Michigan, Kentucky, Colorado, Arizona).

The pharmaceutical industry is highly competitive and our future revenue growth and profitability are dependent on our timely development and launches of new products ahead of our competitors.

We face strong competition in our Global Generics, Global Brands and Distribution businesses. The intensely competitive environment requires an ongoing, extensive search for technological innovations and the ability to market products effectively, including the ability to communicate the effectiveness, safety and value of brand products to healthcare professionals in private practice, group practices and MCOs. Our competitors vary depending upon product categories, and within each product category, upon dosage strengths and drug-delivery systems. Based on total assets, annual revenues, and market capitalization, we are smaller than certain of our national and international competitors in the brand and distribution product arenas. Most of our competitors have been in business for a longer period of time than us, have a greater number of products on the market and have greater financial and other resources than we do. Furthermore, recent trends in this industry are toward further market consolidation of large drug companies into a smaller number of very large entities, further concentrating financial, technical and market strength and increasing competitive pressure in the industry. If we directly compete with them for the same markets and/or products, their financial strength could prevent us from capturing a profitable share of those markets. It is possible that developments by our competitors will make our products or technologies noncompetitive or obsolete.

Revenues and gross profit derived from the sales of generic pharmaceutical products tend to follow a pattern based on certain regulatory and competitive factors. As patents for brand name products and related exclusivity periods expire, the first generic manufacturer to receive regulatory approval for generic equivalents of such products is generally able to achieve significant market penetration. Therefore, our ability to increase or maintain revenues and profitability in our generics business is largely dependent on our success in challenging patents and developing non-infringing formulations of proprietary products. As competing manufacturers receive regulatory

 

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approvals on similar products or as brand manufacturers launch generic versions of such products (for which no separate regulatory approval is required), market share, revenues and gross profit typically decline, in some cases dramatically. Accordingly, the level of market share, revenue and gross profit attributable to a particular generic product normally is related to the number of competitors in that product’s market and the timing of that product’s regulatory approval and launch, in relation to competing approvals and launches. Consequently, we must continue to develop and introduce new products in a timely and cost-effective manner to maintain our revenues and gross margins. We may have fewer opportunities to launch significant generic products in the future, as the number and size of proprietary products that are subject to patent challenges is expected to decrease in the next several years compared to historical levels. Additionally, as new competitors enter the market, there may be increased pricing pressure on certain products, which would result in lower gross margins. This is particularly true in the case of certain Asian and other overseas generic competitors, who may be able to produce products at costs lower than the costs of domestic manufacturers. If we experience substantial competition from Asian or other overseas generic competitors with lower production costs, our profit margins will suffer.

We also face strong competition in our Distribution business, where we compete with a number of large wholesalers and other distributors of pharmaceuticals, including McKesson Corporation, AmerisourceBergen Corporation and Cardinal Health, Inc., which market both brand and generic pharmaceutical products to their customers. These companies are significant customers of our Global Brands and Global Generics businesses. As generic products generally have higher gross margins for distributors, each of the large wholesalers, on an increasing basis, are offering pricing incentives on brand products if the customers purchase a large portion of their generic pharmaceutical products from the primary wholesaler. As we do not offer a full line of brand products to our customers, we are at times competitively disadvantaged and must compete with these wholesalers based upon our very competitive pricing for generic products, greater service levels and our well-established telemarketing relationships with our customers, supplemented by our electronic ordering capabilities. The large wholesalers have historically not used telemarketers to sell to their customers, but recently have begun to do so. Additionally, generic manufacturers are increasingly marketing their products directly to smaller chains and thus increasingly bypassing wholesalers and distributors. Increased competition in the generic industry as a whole may result in increased price erosion in the pursuit of market share.

Sales of our products may continue to be adversely affected by the continuing consolidation of our distribution network and the concentration of our customer base.

Our principal customers in our brand and generic pharmaceutical operations are wholesale drug distributors and major retail drug store chains. These customers comprise a significant part of the distribution network for pharmaceutical products in the U.S. This distribution network is continuing to undergo significant consolidation marked by mergers and acquisitions among wholesale distributors and the growth of large retail drug store chains. As a result, a small number of large wholesale distributors and large chain drug stores control a significant share of the market. We expect that consolidation of drug wholesalers and retailers will increase pricing and other competitive pressures on drug manufacturers, including Watson.

For the year ended December 31, 2011, our three largest customers accounted for 16%, 14% and 8% respectively, of our net revenues. The loss of any of these customers could have a material adverse effect on our business, results of operations, financial condition and cash flows. In addition, none of our customers are party to any long-term supply agreements with us, and thus are able to change suppliers freely should they wish to do so.

 

ITEM 1B. UNRESOLVED STAFF COMMENTS

Not applicable.

 

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ITEM 2. PROPERTIES

We conduct our operations using a combination of owned and leased properties.

Our owned properties consist of facilities used for R&D, manufacturing, distribution (including warehousing and storage), sales and marketing and administrative functions. The following table provides a summary of locations of our significant owned properties:

 

Location

  

Primary Use

  

Segment

Ambernath, India

   Manufacturing, R&D    Global Generics

Changzhou City, People’s

   Manufacturing    Global Generics

    Republic of China

     

Coleraine, Northern Ireland

   Manufacturing    Global Generics

Copiague, New York

   Manufacturing    Global Generics

Corona, California

   Manufacturing, Administration    Global Generics/ Global Brands

Davie, Florida

   Manufacturing, R&D, Administration    Global Generics/ Global Brands

Ag. Varvara, Greece

   Manufacturing, R&D, Administration    Global Generics

Grand Island, New York

   Sales and Marketing, Administration    Distribution

Goa, India

   Manufacturing    Global Generics

Gurnee, Illinois

   Distribution    Global Generics/ Global Brands

Mississauga, Canada

   Manufacturing, R&D, Administration    Global Generics

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

   Manufacturing, Distribution,    Global Generics
   Sales and Marketing, Administration   

Auckland, New Zealand

   Distribution, Administrative    Global Generics

Salt Lake City, Utah

   Manufacturing, R&D    Global Generics/ Global Brands

Shanghai, People’s Republic of China

   Sales and Marketing, Administration    Global Generics

Liverpool, United Kingdom

   Administration, R&D    Global Brands

 

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Properties that we lease include R&D, manufacturing, distribution (including warehousing and storage), sales and marketing, and administrative facilities. The following table provides a summary of locations of our significant leased properties:

 

Location

  

Primary Use

  

Segment

Birzebbuga, Malta

   Manufacturing, Sales and Marketing Distribution, Administration    Global Generics/ Global
Brands

Davie, Florida

   Manufacturing, Administration    Global Generics/ Global
Brands

Groveport, Ohio

   Distribution, Administration    Distribution

London, United Kingdom

   Sales and Marketing, Administration    Global Generics

Lyon, France

   Sales and Marketing, Administration    Global Generics

Mississauga, Canada

   Sales and Marketing, Distribution,    Global Generics
   Administration   

Oakville, Canada

   Sales and Marketing, Administration    Global Brands

Athens, Greece

   Sales and Marketing, Administration    Global Generics

Patra, Geece

   Sales and Marketing    Global Generics

Thesalloniki, Geece

   Sales and Marketing    Global Generics

Kriti, Geece

   Sales and Marketing    Global Generics

Flensburg, Germany

   Distribution, Sales and Marketing,    Global Generics
   Administration   

Melbourne, Australia

   Sales and Marketing    Global Generics

Mumbai, India

   Administration, R&D    Global Generics

Parsippany, New Jersey

   Sales and Marketing, Administration    Global Generics/ Global
Brands

Stevenage, United Kingdom

   Distribution, Sales and Marketing, Administration    Global Generics

Sunrise, Florida

   Distribution, Administration    Global Generics

Sydney, Australia

   Sales and Marketing, Administration    Global Generics

Weston, Florida

   Administration, R&D    Global Generics

Weston, Florida

   Distribution, Sales and Marketing, Administration    Distribution

Olive Branch, Mississippi

   Distribution, Administration    Distribution

Our leased properties are subject to various lease terms and expirations.

We believe that we have sufficient facilities to conduct our operations during 2012. However, we continue to evaluate the purchase or lease of additional properties, or the consolidation of existing properties as our business requires.

 

ITEM 3. LEGAL PROCEEDINGS

For information regarding legal proceedings, refer to Legal Matters in “NOTE 16 — Commitments and Contingencies” in the accompanying “Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements” in this Annual Report.

 

ITEM 4. Not Applicable

 

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PART II

 

ITEM 5. MARKET FOR REGISTRANT’S COMMON EQUITY, RELATED STOCKHOLDER MATTERS AND ISSUER PURCHASES OF EQUITY SECURITIES

Market for Registrant’s Common Equity

Our common stock is traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol “WPI.” The following table sets forth the quarterly high and low share trading price information for the periods indicated:

 

     High      Low  

Year ended December 31, 2011:

     

First

   $ 57.52       $ 50.47   

Second

   $ 69.04       $ 56.13   

Third

   $ 73.35       $ 58.84   

Fourth

   $ 72.06       $ 59.50   

Year ended December 31, 2010:

     

First

   $ 42.50       $ 37.26   

Second

   $ 44.97       $ 40.50   

Third

   $ 45.15       $ 39.34   

Fourth

   $ 52.20       $ 42.17   

As of February 8, 2012, there were approximately 2,400 registered holders of our common stock.

We have not paid any cash dividends since our initial public offering in February 1993, and do not anticipate paying any cash dividends in the foreseeable future.

Issuer Purchases of Equity Securities

During the quarter ended December 31, 2011, we repurchased 9,719 shares of our common stock surrendered to the Company to satisfy tax withholding obligations in connection with the vesting of restricted stock issued to employees as follows:

 

                   Total Number of      Approximate Dollar  
     Total Number      Average      Shares Purchased as      Value of Shares that  
     of Shares      Price Paid      Part of Publicaly      May Yet Be Purchased  

Period

   Purchased      per Share      Announced Program      Under the Program  

October 1 - 31, 2011

     1,175       $ 69.35                   

November 1 - 30, 2011

     8,544       $ 61.69                   

December 1 - 31, 2011

           $                   

Recent Sale of Unregistered Securities; Uses of Proceeds from Registered Securities

None.

Securities Authorized for Issuance Under Equity Compensation Plans

For information regarding securities authorized for issuance under equity compensation plans, refer to “ITEM 12. SECURITY OWNERSHIP OF CERTAIN BENEFICIAL OWNERS AND MANAGEMENT AND RELATED STOCKHOLDER MATTERS” and “NOTE 12 — Stockholders’ Equity” in the accompanying “Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements” in this Annual Report.

 

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Performance Graph

The information in this section of the Annual Report pertaining to our performance relative to our peers is being furnished but not filed with the SEC, and as such, the information is neither subject to Regulation 14A or 14C or to the liabilities of Section 18 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934.

The following graph compares the cumulative 5-year total return of holders of Watson’s common stock with the cumulative total returns of the S&P 500 index and the Dow Jones US Pharmaceuticals index. The graph tracks the performance of a $100 investment in our common stock and in each of the indexes (with reinvestment of all dividends, if any) on December 31, 2006 with relative performance tracked through December 31, 2011.

Notwithstanding anything to the contrary set forth in our previous filings under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, or the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, which might incorporate future filings made by us under those statutes, the following graph will not be deemed incorporated by reference into any future filings made by us under those statutes.

COMPARISON OF 5 YEAR CUMULATIVE TOTAL RETURN*

Among Watson Pharmaceuticals, the S&P 500 Index,

and the Dow Jones US Pharmaceuticals Index

 

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* $100 invested on 12/31/06 in stock or index, including reinvestment of dividends.

Fiscal year ending December 31.

Copyright© 2012 S&P, a division of The McGraw-Hill Companies Inc. All rights reserved.

Copyright© 2012 Dow Jones & Co. All rights reserved.

 

      Dec-06      Dec-07      Dec-08      Dec-09      Dec-10      Dec-11  

Watson Pharmaceuticals

     100.00           104.26           102.07           152.17           198.42           231.81     

S&P 500

     100.00           105.49           66.46           84.05           96.71           98.75     

Dow Jones US Pharmaceuticals

     100.00           104.47           85.51           101.83           103.99           123.38     

The stock price performance included in this graph is not necessarily indicative of future stock price performance.

 

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ITEM 6. SELECTED FINANCIAL DATA

WATSON PHARMACEUTICALS, INC.

FINANCIAL HIGHLIGHTS(1)

(In millions, except per share amounts)

 

     Years Ended December 31,  
     2011      2010      2009(2)      2008      2007  

Operating Highlights:

              

Net revenues

   $ 4,584.4       $ 3,566.9       $ 2,793.0       $ 2,535.5       $ 2,496.7   

Operating income(1)

   $ 536.2       $ 305.4       $ 383.9       $ 358.2       $ 255.7   

Net income(1)

  attributable to common shareholders

   $ 260.9       $ 184.4       $ 222.0       $ 238.4       $ 141.0   

Basic earnings per share

   $ 2.10       $ 1.51       $ 2.11       $ 2.32       $ 1.38   

Diluted earnings per share

   $ 2.06       $ 1.48       $ 1.96       $ 2.09       $ 1.27   

Weighted average shares outstanding:

              

Basic

     124.5         122.4         105.0         102.8         102.3   

Diluted

     126.5         124.2         116.4         117.7         117.0   

 

     At December 31,  
     2011      2010      2009(2)      2008      2007  

Balance Sheet Highlights:

              

Current assets

   $ 2,569.7       $ 1,786.7       $ 1,749.2       $ 1,442.6       $ 1,155.0   

Working capital

   $ 730.2       $ 978.7       $ 721.6       $ 976.4       $ 728.8   

Total assets

   $ 6,698.3       $ 5,686.6       $ 5,772.4       $ 3,609.8       $ 3,391.3   

Total debt

   $ 1,033.0       $ 1,016.1       $ 1,457.8       $ 877.9       $ 905.6   

Total equity

   $ 3,562.5       $ 3,282.6       $ 3,023.1       $ 2,108.6       $ 1,849.5   

 

(1) For discussion on comparability of operating income and net income, please refer to financial line item discussion in our “Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations” in this Annual Report.

 

(2) On December 2, 2009, the Company acquired all the outstanding equity of the Arrow Group in exchange for cash consideration of $1.05 billion, approximately 16.9 million shares of Restricted Common Stock of Watson, 200,000 shares of Mandatorily Redeemable Preferred Stock of Watson and certain contingent consideration. The fair value of the total consideration was approximately $1.95 billion.

 

ITEM 7. MANAGEMENT’S DISCUSSION AND ANALYSIS OF FINANCIAL CONDITION AND RESULTS OF OPERATIONS

Except for the historical information contained herein, the following discussion contains forward-looking statements that are subject to known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. We discuss such risks, uncertainties and other factors throughout this report and specifically under the caption “Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements” under “ITEM 1A. RISK FACTORS” in this annual report on Form 10-K (“Annual Report”). In addition, the following discussion of financial condition and results of operations should be read in conjunction with the Consolidated Financial Statements and Notes thereto included elsewhere in this Annual Report.

 

 

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EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

Overview of Watson

Watson Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (“Watson”, the “Company”, “we”, “us” or “our”) is an integrated global specialty pharmaceuticals company with approximately $4.6 billion in net revenues. The Company operates in three business segments: Global Generics; Global Brands; and Anda Distribution (also known as “Anda”).

Watson is engaged in the development, manufacturing, marketing, sale and distribution of generic, brand and biosimilar pharmaceutical products. Our largest market is the United States of America (“U.S.”), followed by our key international markets including Western Europe, Canada, Australia, Southeast Asia, South America and South Africa. Watson operates manufacturing, distribution, research and development (“R&D”), and administrative facilities in the U.S., Western Europe, Canada, Malta, India, Southeast Asia and Brazil.

Watson supports its Global Generics and Global Brands businesses with a significant commitment of approximately 6% of revenues on product research and development. Our global growth strategy is focused on: (i) internal development of differentiated high-demand products; (ii) establishment of strategic alliances and collaborations that bring new products, technologies and markets to the Company; and (iii) acquisition of products and/or companies that complement our existing portfolio in generics, brands and biosimilars.

As of December 31, 2011, we marketed over 160 generic pharmaceutical product families and over 30 brand pharmaceutical product families in the U.S. and a significant number of product families internationally. Generic pharmaceutical products are bioequivalents of their respective brand products and provide a cost-efficient alternative to brand products. Brand pharmaceutical products are marketed under brand names through programs that are designed to generate physician and consumer loyalty. Through our Anda Distribution business, we distribute approximately 9,960 stock-keeping units (“SKUs”) in the U.S. primarily to independent pharmacies, alternate care providers (hospitals, nursing homes and mail order pharmacies) and pharmacy chains, and generic products and certain selective brand products to physicians’ offices.

Acquisitions

Acquisition of Ascent Pharmahealth Limited

On January 24, 2012, we completed the acquisition of Ascent Pharmahealth Ltd., the Australia and Southeast Asia generic pharmaceutical business of Strides Arcolab Ltd, for AU$375.0 million in cash, or approximately $393.0 million. The transaction was funded using cash-on-hand and borrowings from the Company’s revolving credit facility. As a result of the acquisition, Watson enhances its commercial presence in Australia and we gain a selling and marketing capability in Southeast Asia through Ascent’s line of branded-generic and over-the-counter products.

Acquisition of Specifar Commercial Industrial Pharmaceutical, Chemical and Construction Exploitations Societe Anonyme (ABEE) (“Specifar”)

On May 25, 2011, Watson acquired all of the outstanding equity of Paomar PLC (“Paomar”) for cash totaling €400.0 million, or approximately $561.7 million at closing, subject to a net of working capital adjustment of €1.5 million, or approximately $2.2 million, and certain contingent consideration not to exceed an aggregate of €40.0 million based on the gross profits on sales of the generic tablet version of Nexium® (esomeprazole) (the “Specifar Acquisition”). Paomar is a company incorporated under the laws of Cyprus and owner of 100 percent of the shares of Specifar, a company organized under the laws of Greece. Specifar develops, manufactures and markets generic pharmaceuticals. Specifar also out-licenses generic pharmaceutical products, primarily in Europe. Specifar has a commercial presence in the Greek branded-generics pharmaceuticals market and owns 100 percent of the shares of Alet Pharmaceuticals Industrial and Commercial Societe Anonyme (“Alet”), a company that markets branded-generic pharmaceutical products in the Greek market. Specifar maintains an internationally approved manufacturing facility located near Athens, Greece and is constructing a new facility located outside of Athens which will expand manufacturing capacity. Specifar’s pipeline of products includes a generic tablet version of Nexium® (esomeprazole).

 

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Acquisition of Equity Interest in Moksha8 Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (“Moksha8”)

On October 4, 2010, Watson acquired approximately a 25% ownership share in Moksha8 for cash totaling $30.0 million. The acquisition of Moksha8 expanded our presence into markets in Brazil and Mexico.

Acquisition of Crinone® and Progesterone Vaginal Gel 8% Assets from Columbia Laboratories, Inc. (“Columbia”)

On July 2, 2010, the Company completed the acquisition of the U.S. rights to Columbia products Crinone® and progesterone vaginal gel 8% (“progesterone gel”) and acquired 11.2 million shares of Columbia’s common stock, representing approximately a 13% ownership share, for initial cash consideration of $62.0 million and additional payments up to $45.5 million contingent upon the successful completion of certain clinical and regulatory milestones and certain other contingent obligations based on future sales of $19.3 million. As of December 31, 2011, the Company paid Columbia $5.0 million of the contingent obligation based upon the successful submission of a New Drug Application (“NDA”) to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA”) for progesterone gel. On January 20, 2012, the Advisory Committee for Reproductive Health Drugs of the FDA (the “Advisory Committee”) voted to not recommend approval of the progesterone gel NDA and stated that more information was needed to support approval. While the FDA will consider recommendations of the Advisory Committee, FDA will make the final decision regarding the approval of the product. The FDA is expected to take action on the NDA by February 26, 2012. While we will continue to seek FDA approval of the product, we have reduced the value of our investment in the progesterone gel business and expected future contingent consideration to its estimated fair value as of December 31, 2011.

Acquisition of Arrow Group

On December 2, 2009, Watson completed its acquisition of all the outstanding equity of Robin Hood Holdings Limited, a Malta private limited liability company, and Cobalt Laboratories, Inc., a Delaware corporation (together the “Arrow Group”) for cash totaling $1.05 billion, restricted shares of Watson common Stock and Mandatorily Redeemable Preferred Stock valued at approximately $786.2 million at the acquisition date and certain contingent consideration of up to $250.0 million based on the after-tax gross profits (as defined under the agreement) on sales of the authorized generic version of Lipitor ® (atorvastatin) in the U.S.

In connection with the Arrow Acquisition, Watson acquired a 36% ownership interest in Eden Biopharm Group Limited (“Eden”). In January 2010, we purchased the remaining interest in Eden for $15.0 million. Eden results are included in our Global Brands division and provide the Company with biosimilars development and manufacturing capabilities.

Biosimilars Collaboration with Amgen

On December 19, 2011, Watson Laboratories, Inc. entered into a collaboration agreement with Amgen, Inc. to develop and commercialize, on a worldwide basis, several oncology antibody biosimilar medicines. Under the terms of the agreement, Amgen will assume primary responsibility for developing, manufacturing and initially commercializing the oncology antibody products. Watson will contribute up to $400.0 million in co-development costs over the course of development, including the provision of development support, and will share product development risks. In addition, we will contribute our significant expertise in the commercialization and marketing of products in highly competitive specialty and generic markets, including helping effectively manage the lifecycle of the biosimilar products. The collaboration products are expected to be sold under a joint Amgen/Watson label. We will initially receive royalties and sales milestones from product revenues. The collaboration will not pursue biosimilars of Amgen’s proprietary products.

2011 Financial Highlights

Among the significant consolidated financial highlights for 2011 were the following:

 

   

Net revenues grew to $4,584.4 million from $3,566.9 million in 2010, an increase of $1,017.5 million or 28.5%;

 

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Operating income increased by $230.8 million or 75.6% to $536.2 million from $305.4 million in 2010; and

 

   

Net income attributable to common shareholders for 2011 was $260.9 million ($2.06 per diluted share) compared to $184.4 million ($1.48 per diluted share) in 2010.

Segments

Watson has three segments: Global Generics, Global Brands and Distribution. The Global Generics segment includes off-patent pharmaceutical products that are therapeutically equivalent to proprietary products. The Global Brands segment includes patent-protected products and certain trademarked off-patent products that Watson sells and markets as brand pharmaceutical products. The Distribution segment mainly distributes generic pharmaceutical products manufactured by third parties, as well as by Watson, primarily to independent pharmacies, pharmacy chains, pharmacy buying groups and physicians’ offices. The Distribution segment operating results exclude sales of products developed, acquired, or licensed by Watson’s Global Generics and Global Brands segments.

The Company evaluates segment performance based on segment net revenues, gross profit and contribution. Segment contribution represents segment net revenues less cost of sales (excludes amortization), direct R&D expenses and selling and marketing expenses. The Company does not report total assets, capital expenditures, corporate general and administrative expenses, amortization, gains or losses on asset sales or disposals and impairments by segment as such information has not been accounted for at the segment level, nor has such information been used by management at the segment level.

Operational Excellence including Global Supply Chain Initiative

Over the past several years, we have announced steps to improve our operating cost structure and achieve operating excellence and efficiencies through our Global Supply Chain Initiative (“GSCI”). Product manufacturing ceased in Carmel, New York by December 31, 2010 and we closed the facility in early 2011. During 2010, the Company announced additional measures to reduce our cost structure by announcing the planned closure of our Canadian manufacturing facility and the discontinuation of R&D activities in Canada and Australia. In January 2011, the Company announced the planned discontinuation of R&D activities in Corona, California, which was completed at the end of 2011. In July 2011, the Company announced the planned closure of the Groveport, Ohio distribution center in the second quarter of 2012. The transfer of development activities to the remaining R&D sites are expected to be completed by late 2012. During the year ended December 31, 2011, 2010 and 2009, the Company recognized restructuring charges of $16.1 million, $41.5 million and $32.6 million, respectively. The Company expects to incur additional pre-tax costs associated with the planned closures during 2012, principally in Canada for approximately $8.5 million including accelerated depreciation expense, severance, retention, relocation and other employee related costs and product transfer costs.

 

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YEAR ENDED DECEMBER 31, 2011 COMPARED TO 2010

Results of operations, including segment net revenues, segment operating expenses and segment contribution information for the Company’s Global Generics, Global Brands and Distribution segments, consisted of the following (in millions):

 

     Years Ended December 31,  
     2011     2010  
     Global     Global                 Global     Global              
     Generics     Brands     Distribution     Total     Generics     Brands     Distribution     Total  

Product sales

   $ 3,320.2      $ 364.9      $ 776.2      $ 4,461.3      $ 2,268.9      $ 316.3      $ 830.7      $ 3,415.9   

Other revenue

     47.0        76.1               123.1        69.5        81.5               151.0   
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Net revenues

     3,367.2        441.0        776.2        4,584.4        2,338.4        397.8        830.7        3,566.9   

Operating expenses:

                

Cost of sales(1)

     1,817.8        94.4        652.7        2,564.9        1,198.9        88.4        711.2        1,998.5   

Research and development

     227.7        67.7               295.4        194.6        101.5               296.1   

Selling and marketing

     156.0        168.6        77.2        401.8        111.9        137.8        70.3        320.0   
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Contribution

   $ 1,165.7      $ 110.3      $ 46.3      $ 1,322.3      $ 833.0      $ 70.1      $ 49.2      $ 952.3   
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

     

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

Contibution margin

     34.6     25.0     6.0     28.8     35.6     17.6     5.9     26.7

General and administrative

           353.1              436.1   

Amortization

           354.3              180.0   

Loss on asset sales and impairments, net

  

        78.7              30.8   
        

 

 

         

 

 

 

Operating income

         $ 536.2            $ 305.4   
        

 

 

         

 

 

 

Operating margin

           11.7           8.6

 

(1) Excludes amortization of acquired intangibles including product rights.

Global Generics Segment

Net Revenues

Our Global Generics segment develops, manufactures, markets, sells and distributes generic products that are the therapeutic equivalent to their brand name counterparts and are generally sold at prices significantly less than the brand product. As such, generic products provide an effective and cost-efficient alternative to brand products. When patents or other regulatory exclusivity no longer protect a brand product, or if we are successful in developing a bioequivalent, non-infringing version of a brand product, opportunities exist to introduce off-patent or generic counterparts to the brand product. Additionally, we distribute generic versions of third parties’ brand products (sometimes known as “Authorized Generics”) to the extent such arrangements are complementary to our core business. Our portfolio of generic products includes products we have internally developed, products we have licensed from third parties, and products we distribute for third parties.

Net revenues in our Global Generics segment include product sales and other revenue. Our Global Generics segment product line includes a variety of products and dosage forms. Indications for this line include pregnancy prevention, pain management, depression, hypertension, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder and smoking cessation. Dosage forms include oral solids, transdermals, injectables, inhalation products and transmucosals.

Other revenues consist primarily of royalties, milestone receipts, commission income and revenue from licensing arrangements.

Net revenues from our Global Generics segment increased 44.0% or $1,028.8 million to $3,367.2 million for the year ended December 31, 2011 compared to net revenues of $2,338.4 million in the prior year. The increase in net revenues was primarily due to higher sales of extended release products ($620.3 million), primarily attributable to the May 2011 launch of an authorized generic version of Concerta® (methylphenidate ER), the November 2011 launch of an authorized generic version of Lipitor® (atorvastatin) and higher international revenues ($75.8 million) as a result of the Specifar acquisition in May 2011 and a number of product launches in certain key markets.

 

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Cost of Sales

Cost of sales includes production and packaging costs for the products we manufacture, third party acquisition costs for products manufactured by others, profit-sharing or royalty payments for products sold pursuant to licensing agreements, inventory reserve charges and excess capacity utilization charges, where applicable. Cost of sales does not include amortization costs for acquired product rights or other acquired intangibles.

Cost of sales within our Global Generics segment increased 51.6% or $618.9 million to $1,817.8 million for the year ended December 31, 2011 compared to $1,198.9 million in the prior year due to higher product sales. Cost of sales as a percentage of net revenue increased to 54.0% from 51.3% in the prior year due to the launch of authorized generic versions of methylphenidate ER and atorvastatin in May 2011 and November 2011, respectively. Under our agreements with Pfizer, Inc. and Ortho-McNeil-Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc., our share of the gross profit on sales of atorvastatin and methylphenidate ER, respectively, are lower than our average gross profit margins. Our share of the gross profit on sales methylphenidate ER increased each quarter during 2011 and since launch and will continue to increase through the middle of 2012. In 2011, our gross margins were favorably impacted by a fair value adjustment of certain contingent obligations due to the Arrow Group selling shareholders based on the after-tax gross profits (as defined under the agreement) on expected future sales of atorvastatin ($7.8 million) and lower cost of sales across other areas of the segment.

Research and Development Expenses

R&D expenses consist predominantly of personnel-related costs, active pharmaceutical ingredient (“API”) costs, contract research, biostudy and facilities costs associated with product development.

R&D expenses within our Global Generics segment increased 17.0% or $33.1 million to $227.7 million for the year ended December 31, 2011 compared to $194.6 million in the prior year. The increase in R&D expenses was primarily due to higher product development costs, bio-study costs and test chemical costs ($14.4 million), higher international R&D expenditures as a result of the Specifar acquisition in May 2011 and higher R&D expenses in certain other international locations ($12.2 million) and higher third-party product technology consulting fees ($9.9 million). Partially offsetting these increases in 2011 were lower global supply chain initiative costs ($4.6 million) associated with the closure of our Corona, CA and Australian R&D centers.

Selling and Marketing Expenses

Selling and marketing expenses consist mainly of personnel-related costs, distribution costs, professional services costs, insurance, depreciation and travel costs.

Selling and marketing expenses within our Global Generics segment increased 39.4% or $44.1 million to $156.0 million for the year ended December 31, 2011 compared to $111.9 million in the prior year primarily due to higher selling and marketing expenses incurred within international operations resulting from our acquisition of Specifar and higher selling and marketing expenses in certain other international markets ($37.0 million).

Global Brands Segment

Net Revenues

Our Global Brands segment includes our promoted products such as Rapaflo®, Gelnique®, Crinone®, Trelstar®, GeneressTM Fe, sodium ferric gluconate, ellaTM and INFeD® and a number of non-promoted products.

Other revenues in the Global Brands segment consist primarily of co-promotion revenue, royalties and the recognition of deferred revenue relating to our obligation to manufacture and supply brand products to third parties. Other revenues also include revenue recognized from R&D and licensing agreements.

Net revenues from our Global Brands segment increased 10.9% or $43.2 million to $441.0 million for the year ended December 31, 2011 compared to net revenues of $397.8 million in the prior year. The increase was

 

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attributed to higher product sales ($48.6 million), primarily due to increased sales of key promoted products including Rapaflo® and new products including, GeneressTM Fe, sodium ferric gluconate and Crinone® (acquired during 2010), offset by lower sales of certain other products. Other revenue decreased $5.4 million primarily due to the out-licensing of a number of legacy brand products in the prior year.

Cost of Sales

Cost of sales includes production and packaging costs for the products we manufacture, third party acquisition costs for products manufactured by others, profit-sharing or royalty payments for products sold pursuant to licensing agreements, inventory reserve charges and excess capacity utilization charges, where applicable. Cost of sales does not include amortization costs for acquired product rights or other acquired intangibles.

Cost of sales within our Global Brands segment increased 6.8% or $6.0 million to $94.4 million for the year ended December 31, 2011 compared to $88.4 million in the prior year. The increase in cost of sales was primarily due to higher product sales. Cost of sales as a percentage of net revenue decreased to 21.4% from 22.2% in the prior year due to product mix.

Research and Development Expenses

R&D expenses consist mainly of personnel-related costs, contract research costs, clinical and facilities costs associated with the development of our products.

R&D expenses within our Global Brands segment decreased 33.3% or $33.8 million to $67.7 million for the year ended December 31, 2011 compared to $101.5 million in the prior year primarily due to lower contractual milestone payments ($24.6 million) and lower expenses resulting from the revaluation of certain contingent obligations relating to our progesterone business ($15.4 million) partially offset by higher expenditures associated with our biosimilar product development program ($10.2 million).

Selling and Marketing Expenses

Selling and marketing expenses consist mainly of personnel-related costs, product promotion costs, distribution costs, professional services costs, insurance and depreciation.

Selling and marketing expenses within our Global Brands segment increased 22.4% or $30.8 million to $168.6 million for the year ended December 31, 2011 compared to $137.8 million in the prior year primarily due to higher field force, marketing and support costs in the U.S. ($20.6 million), higher product promotional spending ($5.4 million) and expansion costs in Canada ($4.8 million).

Distribution Segment

Net Revenues

Our Distribution segment distributes generic and certain select brand pharmaceutical products manufactured by third parties, as well as by Watson, primarily to independent pharmacies, pharmacy chains, pharmacy buying groups and physicians’ offices. Sales are principally generated through an in-house telemarketing staff and through internally developed ordering systems. The Distribution segment operating results exclude sales by Anda of products developed, acquired, or licensed by Watson’s Global Generics and Global Brands segments.

Net revenues from our Distribution segment decreased 6.6% or $54.5 million to $776.2 million for the year ended December 31, 2011 compared to net revenues of $830.7 million in the prior year due to lower sales from third-party product launches ($56.2 million), partially offset by an increase in the base business.

Cost of Sales

Cost of sales includes third party acquisition costs, profit-sharing or royalty payments for products sold pursuant to licensing agreements and inventory reserve charges, where applicable. Cost of sales does not include amortization costs for acquired product rights or other acquired intangibles.

 

 

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Cost of sales within our Distribution segment decreased 8.2% or $58.5 million to $652.7 million for the year ended December 31, 2011 compared to $711.2 million in the prior year due to lower product sales. Cost of sales as a percentage of revenue improved to 84.1% compared to 85.6% in the prior year as the prior year was negatively impacted by a number of product launches at lower margins.

Selling and Marketing Expenses

Selling and marketing expenses consist mainly of personnel costs, facilities costs, insurance and freight costs which support the Distribution segment sales and marketing functions.

Distribution segment selling and marketing expenses increased 9.8% or $6.9 million to $77.2 million for the year ended December 31, 2011 compared to $70.3 million in the prior year primarily due to higher operating expenses ($3.7 million) and freight and logistics costs ($3.2 million).

Corporate General and Administrative Expenses

 

     Years Ended
December  31,
    Change  
($ in millions)    2011     2010     Dollars     %  

General and administrative expenses

   $ 353.1      $ 436.1      $ (83.0     (19.0 )% 

as % of net revenues

     7.7     12.2    

Corporate general and administrative expenses consist mainly of personnel-related costs, facilities costs, insurance, depreciation, litigation and settlement costs and professional services costs which are general in nature and not directly related to specific segment operations.

Corporate general and administrative expenses decreased 19.0% or $83.0 million to $353.1 million for the year ended December 31, 2011 compared to $436.1 million in the prior year. The decrease was due to legal settlement charges associated with drug pricing litigation included in the prior year ($129.9 million), partially offset by higher expenses in the current year period for personnel and related costs, consulting and legal fees and stock-based compensation ($49.9 million).

Amortization

 

     Years Ended
December  31,
    Change  
($ in millions)    2011     2010     Dollars      %  

Amortization

   $ 354.3      $ 180.0      $ 174.3         96.8

as % of net revenues

     7.7     5.0     

The Company’s amortizable assets consist primarily of acquired product rights. Amortization expense for the year ended December 31, 2011 increased as a result of amortization of the atorvastatin product rights acquired in the Arrow acquisition ($82.2 million), amortization of product rights acquired in the Specifar acquisition ($22.5 million) and higher amortization in our international business as a result of product launches and higher amortization rates. Assuming no additions, disposals or adjustments are made to the carrying values and/or useful lives of the assets, annual amortization expense on product rights and other intangible assets is estimated to be $358.7 million in 2012, $257.0 million in 2013, $235.7 million in 2014, $158.5 million in 2015 and $72.5 million in 2016.

Loss on Asset Sales and Impairments, net

 

     Years Ended
December  31,
     Change  
($ in millions)    2011      2010      Dollars      %  

Loss on asset sales and impairments, net

   $ 78.7       $ 30.8       $ 47.9         NM   

Loss on asset sales and impairments for the year ended December 31, 2011 includes an impairment charge of in-process research and development intangibles assets relating to progesterone gel business acquired from Columbia ($75.8 million), impairment charges of in-process research and development intangible assets acquired

 

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as part of the Arrow acquisition ($27.0 million), impairment charges related to the sale of our Australia R&D facility and two buildings at our Copiague, New York manufacturing facility ($14.4 million), an other-than-temporary impairment charges related to equity-method investments ($9.4 million) and a loss on the sale of an equity method investment ($2.4 million). These amounts were offset by fair value adjustments of certain contingent obligations relating to the acquisition of our progesterone gel business from Columbia Labs ($49.0 million) and net gains on the sale of certain assets ($1.3 million).

Loss on asset sales and impairments for the year ended December 31, 2010 includes an impairment charge for certain acquired in-process research and development (“IPR&D”) intangibles acquired in the Arrow Acquisition ($28.6 million). Additionally, we recognized a loss on the sale of stock in our Sweden subsidiary.

Interest Income

 

     Years Ended
December  31,
     Change  
($ in millions)    2011      2010      Dollars      %  

Interest income

   $ 2.1       $ 1.6       $ 0.5         31.3

Interest Expense

 

     Year Ended
December  31,
     Change  
($ in millions)    2011     2010      Dollars     %  

Interest expense—$850 million Senior Notes

   $ 49.2      $ 48.8       $ 0.4     

Interest expense—Revolving Credit Facility

     0.8                0.8     

Interest expense—2006 Credit Facility

     1.1        3.7         (2.6  

Interest expense—Manditorily Redeemable

         

Preferred Stock accretion

     16.7        15.2         1.5     

Interest expense—Atorvastatin accretion

     13.2        12.1         1.1     

Interest expense—Columbia accretion

     (2.2     3.3         (5.5  

Interest expense—Esomeprazole accretion

     2.0                2.0     

Interest expense—Other

     1.0        1.0             
         

Interest expense

   $ 81.8      $ 84.1       $ (2.3     (2.7 )% 
  

 

 

   

 

 

    

 

 

   

Interest expense decreased for the year ended December 31, 2011 over the prior year primarily due to the reversal of previously recorded interest accretion on contingent obligations relating to our progesterone business ($2.9 million) due to the change in fair value, and lower interest costs on lower average outstanding borrowings, partially offset by higher interest accretion charges on mandatorily redeemable preferred stock and other contingent consideration obligations.

Other Income (expense), net

 

     Years Ended
December  31,
    Change  
($ in millions)    2011     2010     Dollars     %  

Gain (loss) on sale of securities

   $ 0.8      $ 25.6      $ (24.7  

Earnings (loss) on equity method investments

     (4.5     1.6        (6.1  

Loss on early extinguishment of debt

            (0.5     0.5     

Other income

     3.2        1.0        2.1     
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

Other income (expense), net

   $ (0.5   $ 27.7      $ (28.2     NM   
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

Gain (loss) on Sale of Securities

During 2010, we completed the sale of our outstanding shares of Scinopharm Taiwan Ltd. (“Scinopharm”) for net proceeds of approximately $94.0 million and recorded a gain of $23.3 million.

 

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Earnings on Equity Method Investments

The Company’s investments in equity method investments at December 31, 2011 consist of its investments in Columbia and Moksha8 and certain equity method investments in privately held companies acquired as part of Arrow Acquisition. The Company’s equity investments are accounted for under the equity-method when the Company’s ownership does not exceed 50% and when the Company can exert significant influence over the management of the investee. In addition to recording our share of equity investment earnings (losses), during the year ended December 31, 2011, we also recognized amortization expense related to the underlying intangible assets associated with our equity method investments of $1.2 million. Earnings (losses) on equity method investments for the year ended December 31, 2010 primarily represent our share of equity earnings in Scinopharm Taiwan Ltd. (“Scinopharm”), which was sold in March 2010.

Provision for Income Taxes

 

     Years Ended
December  31,
    Change  
($ in millions)    2011     2010     Dollars      %  

Provision for income taxes

   $ 196.9      $ 67.3      $ 129.6         NM   

Effective tax rate

     43.2     26.9     

The provision for income taxes differs from the amount computed by applying the statutory U.S. federal income tax rate primarily due to state taxes, the inability to tax benefit losses incurred in certain foreign jurisdictions and the amortization and impairment of foreign intangibles being tax benefited at rates that are lower than the US tax rate.

The higher effective tax rate for the year ended December 31, 2011, as compared to the prior year period, is primarily a result of losses incurred in certain foreign jurisdictions for which no benefit is recognized. Additionally, in 2010, we received certain non-recurring tax benefits associated with the closure of the IRS audit for the 2004-2006 tax years, tax benefits associated with the Arrow Acquisition and the disposition and write off of foreign subsidiaries.

 

YEAR ENDED DECEMBER 31, 2010 COMPARED TO 2009

Results of operations, including segment net revenues, segment operating expenses and segment contribution information for the Company’s Global Generics, Global Brands and Distribution segments, consisted of the following (in millions):

 

     Years Ended December 31,  
     2010     2009  
     Global     Global                 Global     Global              
     Generics     Brands     Distribution     Total     Generics     Brands     Distribution     Total  

Product sales

   $ 2,268.9      $ 316.3      $ 830.7      $ 3,415.9      $ 1,641.8      $ 393.7      $ 663.8      $ 2,699.3   

Other revenue

     69.5        81.5               151.0        26.4        67.3               93.7   
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Net revenues

     2,338.4        397.8        830.7        3,566.9        1,668.2        461.0        663.8        2,793.0   

Operating expenses:

                

Cost of sales(1)

     1,198.9        88.4        711.2        1,998.5        947.1        89.3        560.4        1,596.8   

Research and development

     194.6        101.5               296.1        140.4        56.9               197.3   

Selling and marketing

     111.9        137.8        70.3        320.0        53.8        144.5        64.8        263.1   
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Contribution

   $ 833.0      $ 70.1      $ 49.2      $ 952.3      $ 526.9      $ 170.3      $ 38.6      $ 735.8   
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

     

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

Contibution margin

     35.6     17.6     5.9     26.7     31.6     36.9     5.8     26.3

General and administrative

           436.1              257.1   

Amortization

           180.0              92.6   

Loss on asset sales and impairments

           30.8              2.2   
        

 

 

         

 

 

 

Operating income

         $ 305.4            $ 383.9   
        

 

 

         

 

 

 

Operating margin

           8.6           13.7

 

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(1) Excludes amortization of acquired intangibles including product rights.

Global Generics Segment

Net Revenues

Net revenues from our Global Generics segment during the year ended December 31, 2010 increased 40.2% or $670.2 million to $2,338.4 million compared to net revenues of $1,668.2 million from the prior year. The increase in net revenues was mainly attributable to increased international revenues due to the Arrow Acquisition in 2009 ($367.8 million), higher sales of extended release products ($225.3 million) and an increase in other revenue ($43.1 million).

The increase in other revenue ($43.1 million) primarily related to milestone receipts ($27.5 million) and other revenues from the Arrow Group.

Cost of Sales

Cost of sales for our Global Generics segment increased 26.6% or $251.8 million to $1,198.9 million in the year ended December 31, 2010 compared to $947.1 million in the prior year. This increase in cost of sales was mainly attributable to the increase in international sales due primarily to the inclusion of Arrow Group during the period ($242.5 million) and higher sales of extended release products ($13.5 million). The increase in cost of sales was partially offset by cost savings from the implementation of our GSCI.

Research and Development Expenses

R&D expenses within our Global Generics segment increased 38.6% or $54.2 million to $194.6 million for the year ended December 31, 2010 compared to $140.4 million from the prior year. This increase in R&D expenses was due primarily to the inclusion of Arrow Group ($51.2 million).

Selling and Marketing Expenses

Global Generics selling and marketing expenses increased 108.1% or $58.1 million to $111.9 million for the year ended December 31, 2010 compared to $53.8 million from the prior year due primarily to the inclusion of Arrow Group selling and marketing expenses in the current period ($61.1 million) which was partially offset by cost savings as a result of the implementation of our GSCI.

Global Brands Segment

Net Revenues

Net revenues from our Global Brands segment for the year ended December 31, 2010 decreased 13.7% or $63.2 million to $397.8 million compared to net revenues of $461.0 million from the prior year. The decrease in net revenues was primarily attributable to the loss of Ferrlecit® ($113.8 million), as our distribution rights for Ferrlecit® terminated on December 31, 2009. The decline in revenues from the loss of Ferrlecit® was partially offset by sales of new products, including Rapaflo®, Gelnique® and Crinone®, higher sales of INFeD® (as sales during 2009 were negatively impacted by a supply interruption) and higher sales of Androderm®. Combined these products resulted in an increase in product sales of $55.2 million and other revenues also increased by $14.2 million.

The increase in other revenue was primarily due to the out-licensing of a number of legacy brand products including Monodox® and certain forms of Cordran® ($8.0 million), higher co-promotion revenues ($2.8 million) and an increase in international other revenues related to our acquisition of Eden.

Cost of Sales

Cost of sales for our Global Brands segment decreased 1.0% or $0.9 million to $88.4 million in the year ended December 31, 2010 compared to $89.3 million in the prior year. This decrease in cost of sales was attributable to the loss in sales of Ferrlecit® offset by increases in cost of sales due to overall product mix.

 

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Research and Development Expenses

R&D expenses within our Global Brands segment increased 78.3% or $44.6 million to $101.5 million compared to $56.9 million from the prior year primarily due to an increase in milestone payments in the current year ($22.8 million), a fair value adjustment related to a product in development acquired from Columbia ($7.7 million), the inclusion of R&D expenditures from recently acquired Eden ($6.8 million) and higher clinical spending.

Selling and Marketing Expenses

Selling and marketing expenses within our Global Brands segment decreased 4.6% or $6.7 million to $137.8 million compared to $144.5 million from the prior year primarily due to lower field force, marketing and support costs ($5.4 million) and lower promotional costs ($2.0 million) due mainly to the loss of Ferrlecit®.

Distribution Segment

Net Revenues

Net revenues from our Distribution segment for the year ended December 31, 2010 increased 25.1% or $166.9 million to $830.7 million compared to net revenues of $663.8 million in the prior year primarily due to an increase in net revenues from new product launches ($175.9 million) and higher third party brand product sales ($14.1 million) which were partially offset by a decline in the base business ($23.1 million).

Cost of Sales

Cost of sales for our Distribution segment increased 26.9% or $150.8 million to $711.2 million in the year ended December 31, 2010 compared to $560.4 million in the prior year due to higher product sales.

Selling and Marketing Expenses

Distribution segment selling and marketing expenses increased 8.3% or $5.5 million to $70.3 million in the year ended December 31, 2010 as compared to $64.8 million in the prior year primarily due to higher variable costs related to increased sales.

Corporate General and Administrative Expenses

 

     Years Ended
December  31,
    Change  
($ in millions)    2010     2009     Dollars      %  

General and administrative expenses

   $ 436.1      $ 257.1      $ 179.0         69.6

as % of net revenues

     12.2     9.2     

Corporate general and administrative expenses increased 69.6% or $179.0 million to $436.1 million compared to $257.1 million from the prior year due to an increase in accrued legal contingencies and legal costs over the prior year period ($123.0 million), inclusion of Arrow administrative expenses for the period ($50.9 million) and higher Anda bad debt expense ($4.3 million).

Amortization

 

     Years Ended
December  31,
    Change  
($ in millions)    2010     2009     Dollars      %  

Amortization

   $ 180.0      $ 92.6      $ 87.4         94.4

as % of net revenues

     5.0     3.3     

The Company’s amortizable assets consist primarily of acquired product rights. Amortization in 2010 increased primarily as a result of the amortization of product rights the Company acquired in the Arrow Acquisition.

 

 

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Losses on Asset Sales and Impairments, net

 

     Years Ended
December 31,
     Change  

($ in millions)

   2010      2009      Dollars      %  

Loss on asset sales and impairments, net

   $ 30.8       $ 2.2       $ 28.6         NM   

Due to changes in market conditions in certain international locations, the Company performed an off-cycle impairment review in the fourth quarter of 2010. As a result of this review, the Company recorded an impairment charge for certain acquired in-process research and development (“IPR&D) intangibles acquired in the Arrow Acquisition of $28.6 million. Additionally, we recognized a loss on the sale of stock in our Sweden subsidiary during the year ended December 31, 2010.

Interest Income

 

     Years Ended
December 31,
     Change  
($ in millions)    2010      2009      Dollars     %  

Interest income

   $ 1.6       $ 5.0       $ (3.4     (68.0 )% 

Interest income decreased during the year ended December 31, 2010 primarily due to the decrease in interest rates and invested balances over the prior year period.

Interest Expense

 

     Years Ended
December 31,
     Change  
($ in millions)    2010      2009      Dollars     %  

Interest expense — $850.0 million Senior

          

Notes due 2014 (the “2014 Notes”) and due 2019 (the “2019 Notes”),

together the “Senior Notes”

   $ 48.8       $ 17.5       $ 31.3     

Interest expense — Preferred accretion

     15.2         1.2         14.0     

Interest expense — Atorvastatin accretion

     12.1         1.0         11.1     

Interest expense — Columbia accretion

     3.3                 3.3     

Interest expense — Senior Credit Facility with

          

Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce,

          

Wachovia Capital Markets, LLC and a syndicate of banks (“2006 Credit

Facility”), due 2011

     3.7         4.9         (1.2  

Interest expense — Convertible contingent

             8.9         (8.9  

senior debentures (“CODES”)

          

Interest expense — other

     1.0         0.7         0.3     
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

   

Interest expense

   $ 84.1       $ 34.2       $ 49.9        NM   
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

   

Interest expense increased for the year ended December 31, 2010 over the prior year primarily due to interest on the Senior Notes issued in 2009, interest accretion charges on the Mandatorily Redeemable Preferred Stock issued in the Arrow Acquisition, accretion of interest on the atorvastatin contingent consideration obligation and accretion of interest on the Columbia contingent consideration obligation, which was partially offset by interest on the convertible contingent senior debentures (the “CODES”) which were redeemed during 2009.

 

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Other Income (expense)

 

     Years Ended
December 31,
    Change  
 ($ in millions)    2010     2009     Dollars     %  

Gain (loss) on sale of securities

   $ 25.6      $ (1.1   $ 26.7     

Earnings on equity method investments

     1.6        10.8        (9.2  

Loss on early extinguishment of debt

     (0.5     (2.0     1.5     

Other income

     1.0        0.2        0.8     
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   
   $ 27.7      $ 7.9      $ 19.8        NM   
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

Gain (loss) on Sale of Securities

During 2010, we completed the sale of our outstanding shares of Scinopharm Taiwan Ltd. (“Scinopharm”) for net proceeds of approximately $94.0 million and recorded a gain of $23.3 million.

In the year ended December 31, 2009, the Company recorded an other-than-temporary impairment charge of $2.2 million related to our investment in common shares of inVentiv Health, Inc. as the fair value of our investment fell below our carrying value. This loss was partially offset by the receipt of cash proceeds of $1.1 million as additional consideration on the sale of our investment in Adheris, Inc.

Earnings on Equity Method Investments

The Company’s equity investments are accounted for under the equity method when the Company’s ownership does not exceed 50% and when the Company can exert significant influence over the management of the investee.

The earnings on equity investments for the year ended December 31, 2009 were higher than the current year due to the sale of our outstanding shares of Scinopharm during the first quarter of 2010.

Loss on Early Extinguishment of Debt

In November 2006, we entered into the 2006 Credit Facility in connection with the acquisition of Andrx Corporation (“Andrx”) on November 3, 2006 (the “Andrx Acquisition”). The 2006 Credit Facility provides an aggregate of $1.15 billion of senior financing to Watson, consisting of a $500.0 million revolving credit facility (“Revolving Facility”) and a $650.0 million senior term loan facility (“Term Facility”) which expired in November 2011.

For the year ended December 31, 2010, we recognized a $0.5 million loss on early extinguishment of debt due to the repayment of the remaining amount owing under the Term Facility of the 2006 Credit Facility.

On July 1, 2009, the Company entered into an amendment to the 2006 Credit Facility. The terms of the amendment included the repayment of $100.0 million on the Term Facility under the 2006 Credit Agreement not later than December 16, 2009. As a result of the $100.0 million repayment in 2009 under the Term Facility, the Company’s 2009 results reflect a $0.8 million charge for a loss on the early extinguishment of debt in respect of the 2006 Credit Facility.

On September 14, 2009, the CODES were redeemed in accordance with the terms of the CODES. As a result of the redemption of the CODES, the Company’s results for 2009 reflect a $1.2 million loss on the early extinguishment of the CODES.

Provision for Income Taxes

 

     Years Ended
December 31,
    Change  
($ in millions)    2010     2009     Dollars     %  

Provision for income taxes

   $ 67.3      $ 140.6      $ (73.3     (52.1 )% 

Effective tax rate

     26.9     38.8    

 

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The lower effective tax rate for the year ended December 31, 2010 compared to the prior year, is primarily due to non-recurring tax benefits associated with the closure of the IRS audit for the 2004-2006 tax years, reduction in the statutory tax rates in foreign jurisdictions, tax benefits associated with the Arrow Acquisition and the disposition and write off of foreign subsidiaries.

LIQUIDITY AND CAPITAL RESOURCES

Working Capital Position

Working capital at December 31, 2011 and 2010 is summarized as follows:

 

($ in millions):    2011      2010      Increase
(Decrease)
 

Current Assets:

        

Cash and cash equivalents

   $ 209.3       $ 282.8       $ (73.5

Marketable securities

     14.9         11.1         3.8   

Accounts receivable, net of allowances

     1,165.7         560.9         604.8   

Inventories, net

     889.4         631.0         258.4   

Prepaid expenses and other current assets

     122.3         134.2         (11.9

Deferred tax assets

     168.1         166.7         1.4   
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

Total current assets

     2,569.7         1,786.7         783.0   
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

Current liabilities:

        

Accounts payable and accrued expenses

     1,535.4         741.1         794.3   

Income taxes payable

     106.7         39.9         66.8   

Short-term debt and current portion of long-term debt

     184.5                 184.5   

Other

     12.9         27.0         (14.1
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

Total current liabilities

     1,839.5         808.0         1,031.5   
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

Working Capital

     730.2       $ 978.7         (248.5
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

Current Ratio

     1.40         2.21      
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

In 2011, our working capital decreased by $248.5 million to $730.2 million from $978.7 million in 2010. The decrease in working capital was primarily due to a decrease in cash and cash equivalents of $73.5 million and an increase in short-term debt and current portion of long-term debt of $184.5 million. The decrease in cash and cash equivalents was primarily due $575.1 million used to fund business acquisitions and $126.7 of capital spending offset by $632.0 million of net cash provided by operating activities. The increase in short-term debt and current portion of long-term debt was primarily due to classifying our Mandatorily Redeemable Preferred Stock, which is mandatorily redeemable in cash on December 2, 2012, from long-term to current liabilities.

Cash Flows from Operations

Summarized cash flow from operations is as follows:

 

     Years Ended December 31,  
($ in millions)    2011      2010      2009  

Net cash provided by operating activities

   $ 632.0       $ 571.0       $ 376.8   

Cash flows from operations represent net income adjusted for certain non-cash items and changes in assets and liabilities. The Company has generated cash flows from operating activities primarily driven by net income adjusted for amortization of our acquired product rights and depreciation. Cash provided by operating activities was $632.0 million in 2011, compared to $571.0 million in 2010 and $376.8 million in 2009. Net cash provided by operations was higher in 2011 compared to 2010, primarily due to higher cash earnings (i.e., net income

 

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adjusted for certain non-cash items) and higher accounts payable and accrued expenses, partially offset by higher accounts receivable and inventories. Net cash provided by operations was higher in 2010 compared to 2009, as accounts payable and accrued expenses increased in 2010, inventory decreased in 2010, $55.0 million was collected on an acquisition-related receivable during 2010 and net income adjusted for amortization charges was higher in 2010.

Management expects that available cash balances and 2012 cash flows from operating activities will provide sufficient resources to fund our operating liquidity needs and expected 2012 capital expenditure funding requirements.

Investing Cash Flows

Our cash flows from investing activities are summarized as follows:

 

     Years Ended December 31,  
($ in millions)    2011      2010      2009  

Net cash used in investing activities

   $ 719.0       $ 74.1       $ 1,036.1   

Investing cash flows consist primarily of cash used in acquisitions of businesses and intangibles (primarily product rights), capital expenditures for property and equipment and purchases of investments and marketable securities partially offset by proceeds from the sale of investments and marketable securities. Net cash used in investing activities was $719.0 million in 2011 compared to $74.1 million in 2010 and $1,036.1 in 2009. Included in 2011 was cash used in the acquisition of businesses of $575.1 million, which included $561.2 million, net of cash acquired in connection with the Specifar Acquisition, $10.5 million to acquire a portfolio of generic pharmaceutical products and $3.4 million for licensing and milestone payments made under license and manufacturing supply agreements accounted for as business combinations. Included in 2010 was cash used in the acquisition of businesses of $67.5 million, which included $47.0 million to complete the acquisition of the Crinone® and progesterone gel business from Columbia Laboratories, Inc. (“Columbia”) and $15.0 million to acquire the remaining interest in Eden Biopharm Group Limited. Also included in 2010 was cash used for additions to long-term investments of $43.7 million, which included $30.0 million to acquire an approximate 22% ownership share in Moksha8 and $11.5 million to acquire 11.2 million shares, or an approximate 13% ownership share, in Columbia. Partially offsetting these uses of cash were proceeds of $94.7 million from the sale of our investment in Scinopharm. Included in 2009 was cash used in the acquisition of Arrow Group of $968.2 million, net of cash acquired. Capital expenditures for property and equipment for the years ended December 31, 2011, 2010 and 2009 were $126.7 million, $56.6 million and $55.4 million, respectively.

Financing Cash Flows

Our cash flows from financing activities are summarized as follows:

 

     Years Ended December 31,  
($ in millions)    2011      2010     2009  

Net cash provided by (used in) financing activities

   $ 16.3       $ (411.3   $ 353.1   

Financing cash flows consist primarily of borrowings and repayments of debt, repurchases of common stock and proceeds from the exercise of stock options. Cash provided by financing activities in 2011 was $16.3 million and included $400.0 million borrowed under the 2006 Credit facility, which included $250.0 million to fund the Specifar Acquisition, and proceeds from stock issued under our incentive compensation plans of $54.9 million, offset by $428.8 million of debt repayments. Cash used in financing activities in 2010 was $411.3 million and primarily related to the repayment of $400.0 million on the 2006 Credit Facility. Cash provided by financing activities in 2009 was $353.1 million and primarily related to net proceeds received from the issue of $850.0 million under the Senior Notes and net borrowings of $100.0 million under the 2006 Credit Facility which was partially offset by the redemption of the CODES.

 

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Debt and Borrowing Capacity

Our outstanding debt obligations are summarized as follows:

 

     2011     2010     Increase
(Decrease)
 
($ in millions)       

Short-term debt and current portion of long-term debt

   $ 184.5      $      $ 184.5   

Long-term debt

     848.5        1,016.1        (167.6
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total debt outstanding

   $ 1,033.0      $ 1,016.1      $ 16.9   
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Debt to capital ratio

     22.5     23.6  

At December 31, 2011, the fair value of the Mandatorily Redeemable Preferred Stock was $183.2 million and was included in short-term debt and current portion of long-term debt. At December 31, 2010, the fair value of the Mandatorily Redeemable Preferred Stock was $166.4 and was included in long-term debt. Each share of Mandatorily Redeemable Preferred Stock is mandatorily redeemable by Watson in cash on December 2, 2012 at an aggregated stated value of $200.0 million. At December 31, 2011 and 2010, the unamortized accretion expense was $16.8 million and $33.6 million, respectively. Accretion expense has been classified as interest expense.

On September 16, 2011, the Company entered into the Revolving Credit Facility. The Revolving Credit Facility provides an aggregate principal amount of $500.0 million in senior unsecured revolving loans. The revolving loans may be borrowed, repaid and re-borrowed for a term of five (5) years and, subject to certain minimum amounts, may be prepaid in whole or in part without premiums or penalties. Subject to certain limitations, borrowings under the Revolving Credit Facility may be made in alternative currencies including Euros, British Pounds Sterling and other currencies. The Revolving Credit Facility contains a letters of credit and swingline loans sublimit of $100.0 million and $50.0 million, respectively. The letters of credit and swingline loans sublimit reduces the amount available to be borrowed under the Revolving Credit Facility on a dollar-for-dollar basis by the cumulative amount of any outstanding letters of credit or swingline loans. Borrowings under the Revolving Credit Facility may be used to finance working capital and other general corporate purposes.

Borrowings under the Revolving Credit Facility bear interest at the Company’s choice of a per annum rate equal to either a base rate or Eurocurrency rate, plus an applicable margin. The base rate is the higher of (a) the Federal Funds Rate plus 0.50%, (b) prime rate as publicly announced by the Administrative Agent, or (c) one-month London Interbank Offered Rate (“LIBOR”) plus 1.00%. The applicable margin is a percentage determined in accordance with a pricing grid based on the Company’s credit rating and is initially set at 0.25% for base rate loans and 1.25% for Eurocurrency rate loans. Additionally, to maintain availability of funds, the Company pays a commitment fee, which according to the pricing grid is initially set at 0.15% on the unused portion of the Revolving Credit Facility. The Company is subject to, and, at December 31, 2011, was in compliance with, all financial and operational covenants under the terms of the Revolving Credit Facility. The agreement currently contains the following financial covenant:

 

   

Maintenance of a maximum ratio of Consolidated Total Debt to Consolidated EBITDA, as defined in the Revolving Credit Agreement (i.e., leverage ratio) of not greater than 3.50 to 1.0. At December 31, 2011, our leverage ratio calculated under the terms of the agreement was 0.76 to 1.0.

To the extent litigation or unusual charges paid in cash exceed 7.5% of the Company’s net worth for the twelve month period prior to the end of the most recent fiscal quarter, the Company would be subject to maintenance of a springing minimum net worth covenant not less than the sum of (x) 75% of the Company’s consolidated net worth as of June 30, 2011 plus (y) 50% of the Company’s consolidated net income (but not loss) for each fiscal quarter ending after June 30, 2011.

The Revolving Credit Facility also imposes certain customary restrictions including, but not limited to, limits on the incurrence of debt or liens upon the assets of the Company or its subsidiaries, investments and restricted payments. There were no outstanding borrowings under the Revolving Credit Facility at December 31, 2011. As of December 31, 2011, the net availability under the Revolving Credit Facility, reflecting $6.3 million of outstanding letters of credit, was $493.7 million.

 

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Long-term Obligations

The following table lists our enforceable and legally binding obligations as of December 31, 2011. Some of the amounts included herein are based on management’s estimates and assumptions about these obligations, including their duration, the possibility of renewal, anticipated actions by third parties, and other factors. Because these estimates and assumptions are necessarily subjective, the enforceable and legally binding obligation we will actually pay in future periods may vary from those reflected in the table:

 

     Payments Due by Period (Including Interest on Debt)  
     Total      Less than
1 year
     1-3
years
     4-5
years
     After 5
years
 
(in millions):               

Long-term debt and other debt(1)

   $ 1,297.5       $ 248.4       $ 560.2       $ 49.0       $ 439.9   

Contingent consideration liabilities(2)

     206.9         131.0         64.6         4.3         7.0   

Operating lease obligations

     178.3         22.3         50.2         30.1         75.7   

Milestone obligations(3)

     553.6         35.3         246.9         189.6         81.8   

Other obligations and commitments(4)

     130.1         58.8         68.3         3.0           
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

Total(5)

   $ 2,366.4       $ 495.8       $ 990.2       $ 276.0       $ 604.4   
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

 

 

(1) Amounts represent total anticipated cash payments and anticipated interest payments, as applicable, on the Senior Notes, the Mandatorily Redeemable Preferred Stock and amounts outstanding on our long term-debt obligations assuming existing debt maturity or redemption schedules. The maturity schedule in the above table in respect of the Mandatorily Redeemable Preferred Stock assumes redemption in cash on December 2, 2012, the third anniversary of issuance, in accordance with the terms of the Share Purchase Agreement. Amounts exclude fair value adjustments, discounts or premiums on outstanding debt obligations.

 

(2)

Amount primarily represents contingent payment obligations resulting from the acquisitions of Arrow and Specifar. The Arrow contingent obligations include amounts due to Arrow Selling Shareholders on the after-tax gross profits on sales of atorvastatin in the U.S. (as defined in the agreement). The Specifar contingent consideration include amounts due based on the gross profits on sales of the generic tablet version of Nexium® (esomeprazole) developed by Specifar during its first five years of sales in countries including major markets in Europe, Asia and Latin America, as well as in Canada. For a more detailed description of the terms of the contingent consideration liabilities, refer to “NOTE 10 — Other Long-Term Liabilities” in the accompanying “Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements” in this Annual Report.

 

(3) We have future potential milestone payments payable to third parties as part of our licensing and development programs. Payments under these agreements generally become due and payable upon the satisfaction or achievement of certain developmental, regulatory or commercial milestones. Amounts represent contractual payment obligations due on achievement of developmental, regulatory or commercial milestones based on anticipated approval dates assuming all milestone approval events are met. Milestone payment obligations are uncertain, including the prediction of timing and the occurrence of events triggering a future obligation and are not reflected as liabilities in our consolidated balance sheet. Amounts in the table above do not include royalty obligations on future sales of product as the timing and amount of future sales levels and costs to produce products subject to milestone obligations is not reasonably estimable.

 

(4) Other obligations and commitments include agreements to purchase third-party manufactured products, capital purchase obligations for the construction or purchase of property, plant and equipment and the liability for income tax associated with uncertain tax positions.

 

(5) Total does not include contractual obligations already included in current liabilities on our Consolidated Balance Sheet (except for short-term debt and the current portion of long-term debt) or certain purchase obligations, which are discussed below.

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minimum quantities to be purchased; fixed, minimum or variable price provisions; and the timing of the obligation. Our purchase orders are based on our current manufacturing needs and are typically fulfilled by our suppliers within a relatively short period. At December 31, 2011, we have open purchase orders that represent authorizations to purchase rather than binding agreements that are not included in the table above.

We are involved in certain equity investments that are intended to complement our core business and markets. We have the discretion to provide funding on occasion for working capital or capital expenditures. We make an evaluation of additional funding based on an assessment of the venture’s business opportunities. We believe that any possible commitments arising from the current arrangements will not be significant to our financial condition, results of operations or liquidity.

Off-Balance Sheet Arrangements

We do not have any material off-balance sheet arrangements that have, or are reasonably likely to have, a current or future effect on our financial condition, changes in financial condition, net revenues or expenses, results of operations, liquidity, capital expenditures or capital resources.

CRITICAL ACCOUNTING ESTIMATES

Our consolidated financial statements are prepared in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States (“GAAP”). These accounting principles require us to make certain estimates, judgments and assumptions. We believe that the estimates, judgments and assumptions are reasonable based upon information available to us at the time that these estimates, judgments and assumptions are made. These estimates, judgments and assumptions can affect the reported amounts of assets and liabilities as of the date of the financial statements, as well as the reported amounts of revenues and expenses during the periods presented. To the extent there are material differences between these estimates, judgments or assumptions and actual results, our financial statements will be affected. The significant accounting estimates that we believe are important to aid in fully understanding and evaluating our reported financial results include the following:

 

   

Revenue and Provision for Sales Returns and Allowances

 

   

Revenue Recognition

 

   

Inventory Valuation

 

   

Investments

 

   

Product Rights and other Definite-Lived Intangible Assets

 

   

Goodwill and Intangible Assets with Indefinite-Lives

 

   

Allocation of Acquisition Fair Values to Assets Acquired and Liabilities Assumed

In many cases, the accounting treatment of a particular transaction is specifically dictated by GAAP and does not require management’s judgment in its application. There are also areas in which management’s judgment in selecting among available GAAP alternatives would not produce a materially different result.

Revenue and Provision for Sales Returns and Allowances

As is customary in the pharmaceutical industry, our gross product sales are subject to a variety of deductions in arriving at reported net product sales. When we recognize revenue from the sale of our products, an estimate of sales returns and allowances (“SRA”) is recorded which reduces product sales. Accounts receivable and/or accrued liabilities are also reduced and/or increased by the SRA amount. These adjustments include estimates for chargebacks, rebates, cash discounts and returns and other allowances. These provisions are estimated based on historical payment experience, historical relationship to revenues, estimated customer inventory levels and current contract sales terms with direct and indirect customers. The estimation process used to determine our SRA provision has been applied on a consistent basis and no material adjustments have been necessary to increase or decrease our reserves for SRA as a result of a significant change in underlying estimates. We use a variety of methods to assess the adequacy of our SRA reserves to ensure that our financial statements are fairly stated. This includes periodic reviews of customer inventory data, customer contract programs and product pricing trends to analyze and validate the SRA reserves.

 

 

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Chargebacks — The provision for chargebacks is our most significant sales allowance. A chargeback represents an amount payable in the future to a wholesaler for the difference between the invoice price paid to the Company by our wholesale customer for a particular product and the negotiated contract price that the wholesaler’s customer pays for that product. Our chargeback provision and related reserve varies with changes in product mix, changes in customer pricing and changes to estimated wholesaler inventories. The provision for chargebacks also takes into account an estimate of the expected wholesaler sell-through levels to indirect customers at contract prices. We validate the chargeback accrual quarterly through a review of the inventory reports obtained from our largest wholesale customers. This customer inventory information is used to verify the estimated liability for future chargeback claims based on historical chargeback and contract rates. These large wholesalers represent 85% to 90% of our chargeback payments. We continually monitor current pricing trends and wholesaler inventory levels to ensure the liability for future chargebacks is fairly stated.

Rebates — Rebates include volume related incentives to direct and indirect customers and Medicaid rebates based on claims from Medicaid benefit providers.

Volume rebates are generally offered to customers as an incentive to continue to carry our products and to encourage greater product sales. These rebate programs include contracted rebates based on customers’ purchases made during an applicable monthly, quarterly or annual period. The provision for rebates is estimated based on our customers’ contracted rebate programs and our historical experience of rebates paid. Any significant changes to our customer rebate programs are considered in establishing our provision for rebates. We continually monitor our customer rebate programs to ensure that the liability for accrued rebates is fairly stated.

The provision for Medicaid rebates is based upon historical experience of claims submitted by the various states. We monitor Medicaid legislative changes to determine what impact such legislation may have on our provision for Medicaid rebates. Our accrual of Medicaid rebates is based on historical payment rates and is reviewed on a quarterly basis against actual claim data to ensure the liability is fairly stated.

Returns and Other Allowances — Our provision for returns and other allowances include returns, pricing adjustments, promotional allowances and billback adjustments.

Consistent with industry practice, we maintain a return policy that allows our customers to return product for credit. In accordance with our return goods policy, credit for customer returns of product is applied against outstanding account activity or by check. Product exchanges are not permitted. Customer returns of product are not resalable unless the return is due to a shipping error. Our estimate of the provision for returns is based upon historical experience and current trends of actual customer returns. Additionally, we consider other factors when estimating our current period return provision, including levels of inventory in our distribution channel as well as significant market changes which may impact future expected returns, and make adjustments to our current period provision for returns when it appears product returns may differ from our original estimates.

Pricing which include shelf stock adjustments, are credits issued to reflect price decreases in selling prices charged to our direct customers. Shelf stock adjustments are based upon the amount of product our customers have in their inventory at the time of an agreed-upon price reduction. The provision for shelf stock adjustments is based upon specific terms with our direct customers and includes estimates of existing customer inventory levels based upon their historical purchasing patterns. We regularly monitor all price changes to help evaluate our reserve balances. The adequacy of these reserves is readily determinable as pricing adjustments and shelf stock adjustments are negotiated and settled on a customer-by-customer basis.

Promotional allowances are credits that are issued in connection with a product launch or as an incentive for customers to begin carrying our product. We establish a reserve for promotional allowances based upon these contractual terms.

Billback adjustments are credits that are issued to certain customers who purchase directly from us as well as indirectly through a wholesaler. These credits are issued in the event there is a difference between the customer’s direct and indirect contract price. The provision for billbacks is estimated based upon historical purchasing patterns of qualified customers who purchase product directly from us and supplement their purchases indirectly through our wholesale customers.

 

 

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Cash Discounts — Cash discounts are provided to customers that pay within a specific period. The provision for cash discounts are estimated based upon invoice billings, utilizing historical customer payment experience. Our customer’s payment experience is fairly consistent and most customer payments qualify for the cash discount. Accordingly, our reserve for cash discounts is readily determinable.

The estimation process used to determine our SRA provision has been applied on a consistent basis and there have been no significant changes in underlying estimates that have resulted in a material adjustment to our SRA reserves. The Company does not expect future payments of SRA to materially exceed our current estimates. However, if future SRA payments were to materially exceed our estimates, such adjustments may have a material adverse impact on our financial position, results of operations and cash flows. For additional information on our reserves for SRA refer to “NOTE 2 — Summary of Significant Accounting Policies” in the accompanying “Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements” in this Annual Report.

Revenue Recognition

Revenue is generally realized or realizable and earned when persuasive evidence of an arrangement exists, delivery has occurred or services have been rendered, the seller’s price to the buyer is fixed or determinable, and collectability is reasonably assured. The Company records revenue from product sales when title and risk of ownership have been transferred to the customer, which is typically upon delivery to the customer. Revenues recognized from research, development and licensing agreements (including milestone payments) are recorded on the “contingency-adjusted performance model” which requires deferral of revenue until such time as contract milestone requirements, as specified in the individual agreements, have been met. Under this model, revenue related to each payment is recognized over the entire contract performance period, starting with the contract’s commencement, but not prior to earning and/or receiving the milestone payment (i.e., removal of any contingency). The amount of revenue recognized is based on the ratio of costs incurred to date to total estimated cost to be incurred. Royalty and commission revenue is recognized in accordance with the terms of their respective contractual agreements when collectability is reasonably assured and revenue can be reasonably measured.

Inventory Valuation

Inventories consist of finished goods held for distribution, raw materials and work in process. Included in inventory are generic pharmaceutical products that are capitalized only when the bioequivalence of the product is demonstrated or the product is already U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved and is awaiting a contractual triggering event to enter the marketplace. Inventory valuation reserves are established based on a number of factors/situations including, but not limited to, raw materials, work in process, or finished goods not meeting product specifications, product obsolescence, or lower of cost (first-in, first-out method) or market (net realizable value). The determination of events requiring the establishment of inventory valuation reserves, together with the calculation of the amount of such reserves may require judgment. Assumptions utilized in our quantification of inventory reserves include, but are not limited to, estimates of future product demand, consideration of current and future market conditions, product net selling price, anticipated product launch dates, potential product obsolescence and other events relating to special circumstances surrounding certain products. No material adjustments have been required to our inventory reserve estimates for the periods presented. Adverse changes in assumptions utilized in our inventory reserve calculations could result in an increase to our inventory valuation reserves and higher cost of sales.

Investments

We employ a systematic methodology that considers all available evidence in evaluating potential impairment of our investments. In the event that the cost of an investment exceeds its fair value, we evaluate, among other factors, general market conditions, the duration and extent to which the fair value is less than cost, as well as our intent and ability to hold the investment. We also consider specific adverse conditions related to the financial health of and business outlook for the investee, including industry and sector performance, changes in technology, operational and financing cash flow factors, and rating agency actions. However, when a decline in the fair value of an investment falls below the carrying value for a six-month period, unless sufficient positive, objective evidence exists to support such an extended period, the decline will be considered other-than-

 

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temporary. Any decline in the market prices of our equity investments that are deemed to be other-than-temporary may require us to incur additional impairment charges.

Our equity investments are accounted for under the equity method when the Company can exert significant influence and ownership does not exceed 50%. We record equity method investments at cost and adjust for the appropriate share of investee net earnings or losses. Investments in which the Company owns less than a 20% interest and cannot exert significant influence are accounted for using the cost method if the fair value of such investments is not readily determinable.

All of our marketable securities are classified as available-for-sale and are reported at fair value, based on quoted market prices. Unrealized temporary adjustments to fair value are included on the balance sheet in a separate component of stockholders’ equity as unrealized gains and losses and reported as a component of other comprehensive income. No gains or losses on marketable securities are realized until shares are sold or a decline in fair value is determined to be other-than-temporary. If a decline in fair value is determined to be other-than-temporary, an impairment charge is recorded and a new cost basis in the investment is established.

Product Rights and Other Definite-Lived Intangible Assets

Our product rights and other definite-lived intangible assets are stated at cost, less accumulated amortization, and are amortized using the straight-line method over their estimated useful lives. We determine amortization periods for product rights and other definite-lived intangible assets based on our assessment of various factors impacting estimated useful lives and cash flows. Such factors include the product’s position in its life cycle, the existence or absence of like products in the market, various other competitive and regulatory issues, and contractual terms. Significant changes to any of these factors may result in a reduction in the intangibles useful life and an acceleration of related amortization expense, which could cause our operating income, net income and earnings per share to decline.

Product rights and other definite-lived intangible assets are tested periodically for impairment when events or changes in circumstances indicate that an asset’s carrying value may not be recoverable. The impairment testing involves comparing the carrying amount of the asset to the forecasted undiscounted future cash flows. In the event the carrying value of the asset exceeds the undiscounted future cash flows, the carrying value is considered not recoverable and impairment exists. An impairment loss is measured as the excess of the asset’s carrying value over its fair value, calculated using a discounted future cash flow method. The computed impairment loss is recognized in net income in the period that the impairment occurs. Our projections of discounted cash flows use a discount rate determined by our management to be commensurate with the risk inherent in our business model. Our estimates of future cash flows attributable to our other definite-lived intangible assets require significant judgment based on our historical and anticipated results and are subject to many factors. Different assumptions and judgments could materially affect the calculation of the fair value of the other definite-lived intangible assets which could trigger impairment.

Goodwill and Intangible Assets with Indefinite-Lives

We test goodwill and intangible assets with indefinite-lives for impairment annually at the end of the second quarter by comparing the fair value of each of the Company’s reporting units to the respective carrying value of the reporting units. Additionally, we may perform tests between annual tests if an event occurs or circumstances change that could potentially reduce the fair value of a reporting unit below its carrying amount. The Company’s reporting units have been identified by Watson as Global Generics, Global Brands and Distribution. The carrying value of each reporting unit is determined by assigning the assets and liabilities, including the existing goodwill and intangible assets, to those reporting units.

Goodwill is considered impaired if the carrying amount of the net assets exceeds the fair value of the reporting unit. Impairment, if any, would be recorded in operating income and this could result in a material reduction in net income and earnings per share. During the second quarter of 2011, the Company performed its annual impairment assessment of goodwill, acquired in-process research and development (“IPR&D”) intangibles and trade name intangibles assets with indefinite-lives. The Company determined there was no

 

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impairment associated with goodwill or trade name intangibles. The Company recorded a $7.5 million impairment charge related to certain IPR&D assets acquired in the Arrow acquisition. No impairments were recognized during the Company’s annual impairment assessment in the second quarter of 2010. Due to changes in market conditions in certain international locations and forecasted performance of certain products not yet launched, the Company performed off-cycle impairment reviews and recorded impairment charges related to certain acquired IPR&D assets of $95.3 million and $28.6 million during the fourth quarter of 2011 and 2010, respectively.

Included in intangible assets with indefinite-lives are trade name intangible assets acquired prior to January 1, 2009 and IPR&D intangibles acquired after January 1, 2009. Upon adoption of FASB issued authoritative guidance on January 1, 2009, using the purchase method of accounting, IPR&D intangible assets are recognized at their fair value on the balance sheet regardless of the likelihood of success of the related product or technology. Prior to January 1, 2009, amounts allocated to IPR&D intangible assets were expensed at the date of acquisition.

IPR&D intangible assets represent the value assigned to acquired research and development projects that, as of the date acquired, represent the right to develop, use, sell and/or offer for sale a product or other intellectual property that we have acquired with respect to products and/or processes that have not been completed or approved. The IPR&D intangible assets will be subject to impairment testing until completion or abandonment of each project. Impairment testing will require the development of significant estimates and assumptions involving the determination of estimated net cash flows for each year for each project or product (including net revenues, cost of sales, research and development costs, selling and marketing costs), the appropriate discount rate to select in order to measure the risk inherent in each future cash flow stream, the assessment of each asset’s life cycle, competitive trends impacting the asset and each cash flow stream as well as other factors. The major risks and uncertainties associated with the timely and successful completion of the IPR&D projects include legal risk and regulatory risk. Changes in these assumptions or uncertainties could result in future impairment charges. No assurances can be given that the underlying assumptions used to prepare the discounted cash flow analysis will not change or the timely completion of each project to commercial success will occur. For these and other reasons, actual results may vary significantly from estimated results.

Upon successful completion of each project and approval of the product, Watson will make a separate determination of useful life of the intangible, transfer the amount to currently marketed products and amortization expense will be recorded over the estimated useful life.

Recognizing and Measuring Assets Acquired and Liabilities Assumed in Business Combinations at Fair Value

We account for acquired businesses using the purchase method of accounting, which requires that assets acquired and liabilities assumed be recorded at date of acquisition at their respective fair values. The consolidated financial statements and results of operations reflect an acquired business after the completion of the acquisition. The fair value of the consideration paid, including contingent consideration, is assigned to the underlying net assets of the acquired business based on their respective fair values. Any excess of the purchase price over the estimated fair values of the net assets acquired is recorded as goodwill. Beginning in 2009, amounts allocated to IPR&D are included on the balance sheet (refer to discussion above in “Goodwill and Intangible Assets with Indefinite Lives”). Intangible assets, including IPR&D assets upon successful completion of the project and approval of the product, are amortized on a straight-line basis to amortization expense over the expected life of the asset. Significant judgments are used in determining the estimated fair values assigned to the assets acquired and liabilities assumed and in determining estimates of useful lives of long-lived assets. Fair value determinations and useful life estimates are based on, among other factors, estimates of expected future net cash flows, estimates of appropriate discount rates used to present value expected future net cash flow streams, the timing of approvals for IPR&D projects and the timing of related product launch dates, the assessment of each asset’s life cycle, the impact of competitive trends on each asset’s life cycle and other factors. These judgments can materially impact the estimates used to allocate acquisition date fair values to assets acquired and liabilities assumed and the resulting timing and amount of amounts charged to, or recognized in current and future operating results. For these and other reasons, actual results may vary significantly from estimated results.

 

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The Company determines the acquisition date fair value of contingent consideration obligations based on a probability-weighted income approach derived from revenue estimates, post-tax gross profit levels and a probability assessment with respect to the likelihood of achieving contingent obligations including contingent payments such as milestone obligations, royalty obligations and contract earn-out criteria, where applicable. The fair value measurement is based on significant inputs not observable in the market and thus represents a Level 3 measurement as defined in fair value measurement accounting. The resultant probability-weighted cash flows are discounted using an appropriate effective annual interest rate. At each reporting date, the contingent consideration obligation will be revalued to estimated fair value and changes in fair value will be reflected as income or expense in our consolidated statement of operations. Changes in the fair value of the contingent consideration obligations may result from changes in discount periods and rates, changes in the timing and amount of revenue estimates and changes in probability assumptions with respect to the likelihood of achieving the various contingent payment obligations. Adverse changes in assumptions utilized in our contingent consideration fair value estimates could result in an increase in our contingent consideration obligation and a corresponding charge to operating income.

RECENT ACCOUNTING PRONOUNCEMENTS

In May 2011, the FASB issued new guidance that results in a consistent definition of fair value and common requirements for measurement of and disclosure about fair value between U.S. GAAP and International Financial Reporting Standards (“IFRS”). The new guidance changes some fair value measurement principles and disclosure requirements under U.S. GAAP. Among the changes, the new guidance states that the concepts of highest and best use and valuation premise are only relevant when measuring the fair value of nonfinancial assets (that is, it does not apply to financial assets or any liabilities). Additionally, the new guidance extends the prohibition of applying a blockage factor (that is, premium or discount related to size of the entity’s holdings) to all fair value measurements. A fair value measurement that is not a Level 1 measurement may include premiums or discounts other than blockage factors. The new guidance is effective for interim and annual periods beginning on or after December 15, 2011, with early adoption prohibited. The adoption of this new guidance is not expected to have a material impact on the Company’s consolidated financial statements.

In June 2011, the FASB issued a final standard requiring entities to present net income and other comprehensive income in either a single continuous statement or in two separate, but consecutive, statements of net income and other comprehensive income. The new standard eliminates the option to present items of other comprehensive income in the statement of changes in equity. The new requirements do not change which components of comprehensive income are recognized in net income or other comprehensive income, or when an item of other comprehensive income must be reclassified to net income. Also, earnings per share computations do not change. The new requirements are effective for interim and annual periods beginning after December 15, 2011, with early adoption permitted. Full retrospective application is required. The Company adopted this standard for the annual period ended December 31, 2011 with retroactive application to the annual periods ended December 31, 2010 and 2009. The Company elected to present net income and other comprehensive income in two separate, but consecutive, statements of net income and other comprehensive income. As this standard related only to the presentation of other comprehensive income, the adoption of this accounting standard did not have an impact on the Company’s consolidated financial statements.

In September 2011, the FASB issued a revised standard changing the goodwill impairment guidance. The revised standard provides entities with the option to first assess qualitative factors to determine whether performing the two-step goodwill impairment test is necessary. If an entity believes, as a result of its qualitative assessment, that it is more-likely-than-not that the fair value of a reporting unit is less than its carrying amount, the two-step quantitative impairment test will be required. Otherwise, no further testing will be required. Entities can choose to perform the qualitative assessment on none, some, or all of its reporting units. The revised standard is effective for annual and interim goodwill impairment tests performed for fiscal years beginning after December 15, 2011. However, an entity can choose to early adopt the revised standard provided that the entity has not yet issued its financial statements for the period that includes its annual test date. The Company completed its most recent annual goodwill impairment test during the second quarter 2011 by applying the two-step test and determined that there was no impairment associated with goodwill.

 

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ITEM 7A. QUANTITATIVE AND QUALITATIVE DISCLOSURES ABOUT MARKET RISK

We are exposed to market risk for changes in the market values of our investments (Investment Risk) and the impact of interest rate changes (Interest Rate Risk). We have not used derivative financial instruments in our investment portfolio.

We maintain our portfolio of cash equivalents and short-term investments in a variety of securities, including both government and government agency obligations with ratings of A or better and money market funds. Our investments in marketable securities are governed by our investment policy which seeks to preserve the value of our principal, provide liquidity and maximize return on the Company’s investment against minimal interest rate risk. Consequently, our interest rate and principal risk are minimal on our non-equity investment portfolio. The quantitative and qualitative disclosures about market risk are set forth below.

Investment Risk

As of December 31, 2011, our total holdings in equity securities of other companies, including equity method investments were $44.0 million (included in marketable securities and investments and other assets). The fair values of these investments are subject to significant fluctuations due to volatility of the stock market and changes in general economic conditions.

We regularly review the carrying value of our investments and identify and recognize losses, for income statement purposes, when events and circumstances indicate that any declines in the fair values of such investments below our accounting basis are other than temporary.

Interest Rate Risk

Our exposure to interest rate risk relates primarily to our non-equity investment portfolio and our floating rate debt. Our cash is invested in bank deposits and A-rated or better money market mutual funds.

Our portfolio of marketable securities includes U.S. Treasury and agency securities classified as available-for-sale securities, with no security having a maturity in excess of two years. These securities are exposed to interest rate fluctuations. Because of the short-term nature of these investments, we are subject to minimal interest rate risk and do not believe that an increase in market rates would have a significant negative impact on the realized value of our portfolio.

At December 31, 2011, we had no outstanding borrowings under our Revolving Credit Facility. Based on quoted market rates of interest and maturity schedules for similar debt issues, we estimate that the fair values of our other notes payable approximated their carrying values on December 31, 2011. As of December 31, 2011, the fair value of our Senior Notes was $107.7 million greater than the carrying value. Generally changes in market interest rates affect the fair value of fixed-rate debt, but do not impact earnings or cash flows. Accordingly, we believe the effect, if any, of reasonably possible near-term changes in the fair value of our debt would not be material on our financial condition, results of operations or cash flows.

Foreign Currency Exchange Risk

We operate and transact business in various foreign countries and are, therefore, subject to the risk of foreign currency exchange rate fluctuations. The Company manages this foreign currency risk, in part, through operational means including managing foreign currency revenues in relation to same currency costs as well as managing foreign currency assets in relation to same currency liabilities. The Company is also exposed to the potential earnings effects from intercompany foreign currency assets and liabilities that arise from normal trade receivables and payables and other intercompany loans. The Company seeks to limit exposure to foreign exchange risk involving intercompany trade receivables and payables by settling outstanding amounts through normal payment terms. Other methodologies to limit the Company’s foreign exchange risks are being developed currently which may include foreign exchange forward contracts or options.

Net foreign currency gains and losses did not have a material effect on the Company’s results of operations for the years ended December 31, 2011, 2010 or 2009, respectively.

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We do not believe that inflation has had a significant impact on our revenues or operations.

 

ITEM 8. FINANCIAL STATEMENTS AND SUPPLEMENTARY DATA

The information required by this Item is contained in the financial statements set forth in Item 15 (a) under the caption “ Consolidated Financial Statements and Supplementary Data “ as a part of this Annual Report on Form 10-K.

 

ITEM 9. CHANGES IN AND DISAGREEMENTS WITH ACCOUNTANTS ON ACCOUNTING AND FINANCIAL DISCLOSURE

There have been no changes in or disagreements with accountants on accounting or financial disclosure matters.

 

ITEM 9A. CONTROLS AND PROCEDURES

Evaluation of Disclosure Controls and Procedures

The Company maintains “disclosure controls and procedures,” as such term is defined under Rule 13a-15(e) of the Exchange Act, that are designed to ensure that information required to be disclosed in the Company’s Exchange Act reports is recorded, processed, summarized and reported within the time periods specified in the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s (“SEC’s”) rules and forms, and that such information is accumulated and communicated to the Company’s management, including its Principal Executive Officer and Principal Financial Officer, as appropriate, to allow timely decisions regarding required disclosure. In designing and evaluating the disclosure controls and procedures, management recognized that any controls and procedures, no matter how well designed and operated, can provide only reasonable assurance of achieving the desired control objectives, and management necessarily was required to apply its judgment in evaluating the cost-benefit relationship of possible controls and procedures. Also, the Company has investments in certain unconsolidated entities. However, our assessment of the disclosure controls and procedures with respect to the Company’s equity method investees did include an assessment of the controls over the recording of amounts related to our investments that are recorded in our consolidated financial statements, including controls over the selection of accounting methods for our investments, the recognition of equity method earnings and losses and the determination, valuation and recording of our investment account balances.

As required by SEC Rule 13a-15(b), the Company carried out an evaluation, under the supervision and with the participation of the Company’s management, including the Company’s Principal Executive Officer and Principal Financial Officer, of the effectiveness of the design and operation of the Company’s disclosure controls and procedures as of December 31, 2011. Based on this evaluation, the Company’s Principal Executive Officer and Principal Financial Officer concluded that the Company’s disclosure controls and procedures were effective at a reasonable assurance level as of December 31, 2011.

Management’s Report on Internal Control Over Financial Reporting

Management is responsible for establishing and maintaining adequate “internal control over financial reporting,” as such term is defined under Rule 13a-15(f) of the Exchange Act. We maintain internal control over financial reporting designed to provide reasonable assurance regarding the reliability of financial reporting and the preparation of financial statements for external purposes in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles.

Because of its inherent limitations, internal control over financial reporting may not prevent or detect misstatements. Also, projections of any evaluation of effectiveness to future periods are subject to the risk that controls may become inadequate because of changes in conditions, or that the degree of compliance with the policies or procedures may deteriorate. Therefore, internal control over financial reporting determined to be effective provides only reasonable assurance regarding the reliability of financial reporting and the preparation of financial statements for external purposes in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles.

 

 

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On May 25, 2011, the Company completed the acquisition of Specifar. Due to the close proximity of the completion date of the Specifar acquisition to the date of management’s assessment of the effectiveness of the Company’s internal control over financial reporting, management excluded the Specifar business from its assessment of internal control over financial reporting. Specifar, a wholly owned subsidiary of the Company, represents 3% of the total assets (excluding amounts resulting from purchase price allocation) and 1% of net revenues of the related consolidated financial statement amounts as of and for the year ended December 31, 2011.

Under the supervision and with the participation of management, including the Company’s Principal Executive Officer and Principal Financial Officer, the Company conducted an evaluation of the effectiveness of its internal control over financial reporting based on the framework in Internal Control — Integrated Framework issued by the Committee of Sponsoring Organizations of the Treadway Commission. This evaluation included an assessment of the design of the Company’s internal control over financial reporting and testing of the operational effectiveness of its internal control over financial reporting. Based on this evaluation, management has concluded that the Company’s internal control over financial reporting was effective as of December 31, 2011.

The effectiveness of the Company’s internal control over financial reporting as of December 31, 2011 has been audited by PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, an independent registered public accounting firm, as stated in their report which appears under Item 15(a)(1) of this Form 10-K.

Changes in Internal Control Over Financial Reporting

There have been no changes in the Company’s internal control over financial reporting, during the fiscal quarter ended December 31, 2011, that has materially affected, or are reasonably likely to materially affect, the Company’s internal control over financial reporting.

 

ITEM 9B. OTHER INFORMATION

We have filed with the New York Stock Exchange the most recent annual Chief Executive Officer Certification as required by Section 303A.12(a) of the New York Stock Exchange Listed Company Manual.

 

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PART III

 

ITEM 10. DIRECTORS, EXECUTIVE OFFICERS AND CORPORATE GOVERNANCE

Directors

The information concerning directors of Watson required under this Item is incorporated herein by reference from our definitive proxy statement, to be filed pursuant to Regulation 14A, related to our 2011 Annual Meeting of Stockholders to be held on May 11, 2012 (our “2012 Proxy Statement”).

Information concerning our Audit Committee and the independence of its members, along with information about the financial expert(s) serving on the Audit Committee, is set forth in the Audit Committee section of our 2012 Proxy Statement and is incorporated herein by reference.

Executive Officers of the Registrant

Below are our executive officers as of February 14, 2012:

 

Name

   Age     

Principal Position with Registrant

Paul M. Bisaro

     51       President and Chief Executive Officer

Sigurdur O. Olafsson

     43       Executive Vice President, Global Generics

G. Frederick Wilkinson

     55       Executive Vice President, Global Brands

Albert Paonessa, III

     51       Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer, Distribution Division

Robert A. Stewart

     44       Executive Vice President, Global Operations

R. Todd Joyce

     54       Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer

David A. Buchen

     47       Executive Vice President, General Counsel, and Secretary

Charles M. Mayr

     55       Senior Vice President, Corporate Affairs

Paul M. Bisaro

Paul M. Bisaro, age 51, has served as President and Chief Executive Officer since September 2007. Prior to joining Watson, Mr. Bisaro was President and Chief Operating Officer of Barr Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (“Barr”) from 1999 to 2007. Between 1992 and 1999, Mr. Bisaro served as General Counsel and from 1997 to 1999 served in various additional capacities including Senior Vice President — Strategic Business Development. Prior to joining Barr, he was associated with the law firm Winston & Strawn and a predecessor firm, Bishop, Cook, Purcell and Reynolds from 1989 to 1992. Mr. Bisaro also served as a Senior Consultant with Arthur Andersen & Co. Mr. Bisaro received his undergraduate degree in General Studies from the University of Michigan in 1983 and a Juris Doctor from Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. in 1989.

Sigurdur O. Olafsson

Sigurdur O. Olafsson, age 43, was appointed Executive Vice President, Global Generics Division on September 1, 2010. Prior to joining Watson, Mr. Olafsson served as Chief Executive Officer of the Actavis Group from 2008 to 2010. From 2006 until 2008 Mr. Olafsson served as Deputy CEO of the Actavis Group and was CEO, Actavis Inc. U.S. and Chief Executive Corporate Development from 2003 to 2006, where he led Actavis’ sales and marketing organization. Prior to joining Actavis, he held a number of senior positions with Pfizer’s Global Research and Development organization in both the U.S. and the U.K. from 1998 to 2003. Prior to joining Pfizer, he served as Head of Drug Development for Omega Farma in Iceland for four years. Mr. Olafsson has a M.S. in Pharmacy (Cand Pharm) from the University of Iceland.

G. Frederick Wilkinson

G. Frederick Wilkinson, age 55, was appointed Executive Vice President, Global Brands on September 21, 2009. Prior to joining Watson, Mr. Wilkinson was President and Chief Operating Officer of Duramed Pharmaceuticals, Inc. the proprietary products subsidiary of Barr from 2006 to 2009. Prior to joining Duramed Pharmaceuticals, Inc., he was President and Chief Executive Officer of Columbia Laboratories, Inc. from 2001 to 2006. From 1996 to 2001, Mr. Wilkinson was Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of

 

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Watson Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Prior to joining Watson, he spent sixteen years at Sandoz in numerous senior management positions of increasing responsibility. Mr. Wilkinson received his M.B.A. from Capital University in 1984 and his B.S. in Pharmacy from Ohio Northern University in 1979. Mr. Wilkinson serves as the Company designee on the Board of Directors for Columbia Laboratories, Inc. and for Moksha8 Inc.

Albert Paonessa III

Albert Paonessa, age 51, has served as our Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer of Anda, our Distribution company following our acquisition of Andrx. Mr. Paonessa was appointed Anda Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer in August 2005 and had been with Anda since Andrx acquired VIP in March 2000. From March 2000 through January 2002, Mr. Paonessa was Vice President, Operations of VIP. In January 2002, he became Vice President, Information Systems at Anda and in January 2004 was appointed Senior Vice President, Sales at Anda. Mr. Paonessa received a B.A. from Bowling Green State University in 1983.

Robert A. Stewart

Robert A. Stewart, age 44, was appointed Executive Vice President, Global Operations on August 3, 2010. Mr. Stewart joined Watson in November 2009 as Senior Vice President, Global Operations. Prior to joining Watson, Mr. Stewart held various positions with Abbott Laboratories, Inc. from 2002 until 2009 where he most recently served as Vice President, Global Supply Chain. From 2005 until 2008, he served as Divisional Vice President, Quality Assurance and prior to this position served as Divisional Vice President for U.S./Puerto Rico and Latin America Plant Operations as well as Director of Operations for Abbott’s Whippany plant. Prior to joining Abbott Laboratories, Inc., he worked for Knoll Pharmaceutical Company from 1995 to 2001 and Hoffman La-Roche Inc. Mr. Stewart received B.S. degrees in Business Management / Finance in 1994 from Fairleigh Dickinson University.

R. Todd Joyce

R. Todd Joyce, age 54, was appointed Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer of Watson on March 9, 2011. Mr. Joyce served as Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer from October 2009 to March 2011. Mr. Joyce joined Watson in 1997 as Corporate Controller, and was named Vice President, Corporate Controller and Treasurer in 2001. During the periods October 2006 to November 2007 and from July 2009 until his appointment as Chief Financial Officer, Mr. Joyce served as interim Principal Financial Officer. Prior to joining Watson, Mr. Joyce served as Vice President of Tax from 1992 to 1996 and as Vice President of Tax and Finance from 1996 until 1997 at ICN Pharmaceuticals. Prior to ICN Pharmaceuticals, Mr. Joyce served as a Certified Public Accountant with Coopers & Lybrand and Price Waterhouse. Mr. Joyce received a B.S. in Business Administration from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1983 and a M.S. in Taxation from Golden State University in 1992.

David A. Buchen

David A. Buchen, age 47, was appointed Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary on March 9, 2011. Mr. Buchen served as Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary from November 2002 to March 2011. From November 2000 to November 2002, Mr. Buchen served as Vice President and Associate General Counsel. From February 2000 to November 2000, he served as Vice President and Senior Corporate Counsel. From November 1998 to February 2000, he served as Senior Corporate Counsel and as Corporate Counsel. He also served as Assistant Secretary from February 1999 to November 2002. Prior to joining Watson, Mr. Buchen was Corporate Counsel at Bausch & Lomb Surgical (formerly Chiron Vision Corporation) from November 1995 until November 1998 and was an attorney with the law firm of Fulbright & Jaworski, LLP. Mr. Buchen received a B.A. in Philosophy from the University of California, Berkeley in 1985, and a Juris Doctor with honors from George Washington University Law School in 1989.

 

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Charles M. Mayr

Charles M. Mayr, age 55, was appointed Senior Vice President, Corporate Affairs of Watson effective September 2009. Prior to joining Watson, Mr. Mayr operated an advertising and public relations consulting company, serving such clients as Watson, the Generic Pharmaceuticals Association, Barr Pharmaceuticals, Inc. and a variety of professional associations and consumer products and service companies. Prior to starting his consultancy business, he served as director of corporate communications for Barr. Prior to joining Barr, he served as director of global communications for Sterling Drug Inc., the global brand and consumer health products pharmaceutical subsidiary of Kodak. Mr. Mayr began his career as a broadcast and print journalist and has a B.A. in journalism from New York University.

Our executive officers are appointed annually by the Board of Directors, hold office until their successors are chosen and qualified, and may be removed at any time by the affirmative vote of a majority of the Board of Directors. We have employment agreements with most of our executive officers. There are no family relationships between any director and executive officer of Watson.

Section 16(a) Compliance

Information concerning compliance with Section 16(a) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 will be set forth in the Section 16(a) Beneficial Ownership Reporting Compliance section of our 2011 Proxy Statement and is incorporated herein by reference.

Code of Ethics

Watson has adopted a Code of Conduct that applies to our employees, including our principal executive officer, principal financial officer and principal accounting officer. The Code of Conduct is posted on our Internet website at www.watson.com. Any person may request a copy of our Code of Conduct by contacting us at Morris Corporate Center III, 400 Interpace Parkway, Parsippany, NJ 07054, Attn: Secretary. Any amendments to or waivers from the Code of Conduct will be posted on our website at www.watson.com under the caption “Corporate Governance” within the Investors section of our website.

 

ITEM 11. EXECUTIVE COMPENSATION

The information concerning executive and director compensation, and concerning our compensation committee and the compensation committee report for Watson required under this Item is incorporated herein by reference to the “Compensation Discussion and Analysis” section of our 2012 Proxy Statement.

 

ITEM 12. SECURITY OWNERSHIP OF CERTAIN BENEFICIAL OWNERS AND MANAGEMENT AND RELATED STOCKHOLDER MATTERS

The information concerning security ownership of certain beneficial owners and management and related stockholder matters and the equity compensation plan information required under this Item is incorporated herein by reference to the “Beneficial Ownership of Stockholders, Directors and Executive Officers” and “Equity Compensation Plan Information as of December 31, 2011” sections of our 2012 Proxy Statement.

 

ITEM 13. CERTAIN RELATIONSHIPS AND RELATED TRANSACTIONS, AND DIRECTOR INDEPENDENCE

The information concerning certain relationships and related transactions, and director independence required under this Item is incorporated herein by reference to the “Certain Relationships and Related Transactions” and “Director Independence” sections of our 2012 Proxy Statement.

 

ITEM 14. PRINCIPAL ACCOUNTING FEES AND SERVICES

The information concerning principal accountant fees and services required under this Item is incorporated herein by reference to the “Audit Fees” section of our 2012 Proxy Statement.

 

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PART IV

 

ITEM 15. EXHIBITS, FINANCIAL STATEMENT SCHEDULES

 

  (a) The following documents are filed as part of this Annual Report on Form 10-K:

 

  1. Consolidated Financial Statements and Supplementary Data

 

     Page  

Report of Independent Registered Public Accounting Firm

     F-2   

Consolidated Balance Sheets as of December 31, 2011 and 2010

     F-3   

Consolidated Statements of Operations for the years ended December 31, 2011, 2010 and 2009

     F-4   

Consolidated Statements of Comprehensive Income for the years ended December 31, 2011, 2010 and 2009

     F-5   

Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows for the years ended December 31, 2011, 2010 and 2009

     F-6   

Consolidated Statements of Stockholders’ Equity and Comprehensive Income for the years ended December 31, 2011, 2010 and 2009

     F-7  

Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements

     F-8   

Supplementary Data (Unaudited)

     F-53   

 

  2. Financial Statement Schedule

 

     Page  

Schedule II — Valuation and Qualifying Accounts

     F-52   

All other financial statement schedules have been omitted because they are not applicable or the required information is included in the Consolidated Financial Statements or notes thereto.

 

  3. Exhibits

Reference is hereby made to the Exhibit Index immediately following page F-49 Supplementary Data (Unaudited) of this Annual Report on Form 10-K.

 

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SIGNATURES

Pursuant to the requirements of Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned, thereunto duly authorized.

 

WATSON PHARMACEUTICALS, INC.

(Registrant)

By:   /S/    PAUL M. BISARO         
  Paul M. Bisaro
 

President and Chief Executive Officer

(Principal Executive Officer)

Date: February 15, 2012

Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, this report has been signed below by the following persons on behalf of the registrant and in the capacities and on the dates indicated.

 

            Signature   

Title

  

Date

/s/ PAUL M. BISARO

   President, Chief Executive Officer    February 15, 2012

Paul M. Bisaro

   and Director   

/s/ R. TODD JOYCE

   Executive Vice President—Chief    February 15, 2012

R. Todd Joyce

  

Financial Officer

(Principal Financial Officer)

  

/s/ ANRREW L. TURNER

   Chairman    February 15, 2012

 

     

Andrew L. Turner

     

/s/ CHRISTOPHER W. BODINE

   Director    February 15, 2012

 

     

Christopher W. Bodine

     

/s/ MICHAEL J. FEDIDA

   Director    February 15, 2012

 

     

Michael J. Fedida

     

/s/ MICHEL J. FELDMAN

   Director    February 15, 2012

 

     

Michel J. Feldman

     

/s/ ALBERT F. HUMMEL

   Director    February 15, 2012

 

     

Albert F. Hummel

     

/s/ CATHERINE M. KLEMA

   Director    February 15, 2012

 

     

Catherine M. Klema

     

/s/ JACK MICHELSON

   Director    February 15, 2012

 

     

Jack Michelson

     

/s/ TONY S. TABATZNIK

   Director    February 15, 2012

 

     

Tony S. Tabatznik

     

/s/ RONALD R. TAYLOR

   Director    February 15, 2012

 

     

Ronald R. Taylor

     

/s/ FRED G. WEISS

   Director    February 15, 2012

 

     

Fred G. Weiss

     

 

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INDEX TO CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

 

     Page  

Report of Independent Registered Public Accounting Firm

     F-2   

Consolidated Balance Sheets as of December 31, 2011 and 2010

     F-3   

Consolidated Statements of Operations for the years ended December 31, 2011, 2010 and 2009

     F-4   

Consolidated Statements of Comprehensive Income for the years ended December 31, 2011, 2010 and 2009

     F-5   

Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows for the years ended December 31, 2011, 2010 and 2009

     F-6   

Consolidated Statements of Stockholders’ Equity and Comprehensive Income for the years ended December 31, 2011, 2010 and 2009

     F-7   

Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements

     F-8   

Supplementary Data (Unaudited)

     F-53   

Financial Statement Schedule

  

Schedule II—Valuation and Qualifying Accounts

     F-52   

All other financial statement schedules have been omitted because they are not applicable or the required information is included in the Consolidated Financial Statements or notes thereto.

 

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Report of Independent Registered Public Accounting Firm

To the Board of Directors and Stockholders

of Watson Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

In our opinion, the accompanying consolidated balance sheets and the related consolidated statements of operations, comprehensive income, cash flows and stockholders’ equity present fairly, in all material respects, the financial position of Watson Pharmaceuticals, Inc. and its subsidiaries at December 31, 2011 and December 31, 2010, and the results of their operations and their cash flows for each of the three years in the period ended December 31, 2011 in conformity with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America. Also, in our opinion, the Company maintained, in all material respects, effective internal control over financial reporting as of December 31, 2011, based on criteria established in Internal Control—Integrated Framework issued by the Committee of Sponsoring Organizations of the Treadway Commission (COSO). The Company’s management is responsible for these financial statements, for maintaining effective internal control over financial reporting and for its assessment of the effectiveness of internal control over financial reporting, included in Management’s Report on Internal Control over Financial Reporting under Item 9A. Our responsibility is to express opinions on these financial statements, the financial statement schedule, and the Company’s internal control over financial reporting based on our integrated audits. We conducted our audits in accordance with the standards of the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (United States). Those standards require that we plan and perform the audits to obtain reasonable assurance about whether the financial statements are free of material misstatement and whether effective internal control over financial reporting was maintained in all material respects. Our audits of the financial statements included examining, on a test basis, evidence supporting the amounts and disclosures in the financial statements, assessing the accounting principles used and significant estimates made by management, and evaluating the overall financial statement presentation. Our audit of internal control over financial reporting included obtaining an understanding of internal control over financial reporting, assessing the risk that a material weakness exists, and testing and evaluating the design and operating effectiveness of internal control based on the assessed risk. Our audits also included performing such other procedures as we considered necessary in the circumstances. We believe that our audits provide a reasonable basis for our opinions.

A company’s internal control over financial reporting is a process designed to provide reasonable assurance regarding the reliability of financial reporting and the preparation of financial statements for external purposes in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles. A company’s internal control over financial reporting includes those policies and procedures that (i) pertain to the maintenance of records that, in reasonable detail, accurately and fairly reflect the transactions and dispositions of the assets of the company; (ii) provide reasonable assurance that transactions are recorded as necessary to permit preparation of financial statements in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles, and that receipts and expenditures of the company are being made only in accordance with authorizations of management and directors of the company; and (iii) provide reasonable assurance regarding prevention or timely detection of unauthorized acquisition, use, or disposition of the company’s assets that could have a material effect on the financial statements.

Because of its inherent limitations, internal control over financial reporting may not prevent or detect misstatements. Also, projections of any evaluation of effectiveness to future periods are subject to the risk that controls may become inadequate because of changes in conditions, or that the degree of compliance with the policies or procedures may deteriorate.

As described in Management’s Report on Internal Control over Financial Reporting, management has excluded Specifar Commercial Industrial Pharmaceutical, Chemical and Construction Exploitations Societe Anonyme (“Specifar”) from its assessment of internal control over financial reporting as of December 31, 2011 because it was acquired by the Company in a purchase business combination during 2011. We have also excluded Specifar from our audit of internal control over financial reporting. Specifar is a wholly-owned subsidiary whose total assets and total revenues represent 3% and 1%, respectively, of the related consolidated financial statement amounts as of and for the year ended December 31, 2011.

/s/ PRICEWATERHOUSECOOPERS LLP

Florham Park, NJ

February 15, 2012

 

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WATSON PHARMACEUTICALS, INC.

CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

(In millions, except par value)

 

     December 31,     December 31,  
     2011     2010  

ASSETS

  

 

Current assets:

    

Cash and cash equivalents

   $ 209.3      $ 282.8   

Marketable securities

     14.9        11.1   

Accounts receivable, net

     1,165.7        560.9   

Inventories, net

     889.4        631.0   

Prepaid expenses and other current assets

     122.3        134.2   

Deferred tax assets

     168.1        166.7   
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total current assets

     2,569.7        1,786.7   

Property and equipment, net

     713.7        642.3   

Investments and other assets

     71.3        84.5   

Deferred tax assets

     21.7        13.0   

Product rights and other intangibles

     1,613.6        1,632.0   

Goodwill

     1,708.3        1,528.1   
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total assets

   $ 6,698.3      $ 5,686.6   
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

LIABILITIES AND EQUITY

  

 

Current liabilities:

    

Accounts payable and accrued expenses

   $ 1,535.4      $ 741.1   

Income taxes payable

     106.7        39.9   

Short-term debt and current portion of long-term debt

     184.5          

Deferred revenue

     12.8        18.9   

Deferred tax liabilities

     0.1        8.1   
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total current liabilities

     1,839.5        808.0   

Long-term debt

     848.5        1,016.1   

Deferred revenue

     17.0        18.2   

Other long-term liabilities

     72.7        183.1   

Other taxes payable

     79.0        65.1   

Deferred tax liabilities

     279.1        313.5   
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total liabilities

     3,135.8        2,404.0   
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Commitments and contingencies

    

Equity:

    

Preferred Stock; no par value per share; 2.5 million shares authorized

              

Common stock; $0.0033 par value per share; 500.0 million shares authorized, 137.1 million and 135.5 million shares issued and 127.2 million and 125.8 million shares outstanding, respectively

     0.4        0.4   

Additional paid-in capital

     1,881.0        1,771.8   

Retained earnings

     2,085.4        1,824.5   

Accumulated other comprehensive income (loss)

     (76.5     (2.5

Treasury stock, at cost; 10.0 million and 9.7 million shares held, respectively

     (326.7     (312.5
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total stockholders’ equity

     3,563.6        3,281.7   

Noncontrolling interest

     (1.1     0.9   
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total equity

     3,562.5        3,282.6   
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total liabilities and equity

   $ 6,698.3      $ 5,686.6   
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

See accompanying Notes to Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements.

 

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WATSON PHARMACEUTICALS, INC.

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS

(In millions, except per share amounts)

 

     Years Ended December 31,  
     2011     2010     2009  

Net revenues

   $ 4,584.4      $ 3,566.9      $ 2,793.0   
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Operating expenses:

      

Cost of sales (excludes amortization, presented below)

     2,564.9        1,998.5        1,596.8   

Research and development

     295.4        296.1        197.3   

Selling and marketing

     401.8        320.0        263.1   

General and administrative

     353.1        436.1        257.1   

Amortization

     354.3        180.0        92.6   

Loss on asset sales and impairments, net

     78.7        30.8        2.2   
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total operating expenses

     4,048.2        3,261.5        2,409.1   
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Operating income

     536.2        305.4        383.9   
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Non-Operating income (expense):

      

Interest income

     2.1        1.6        5.0   

Interest expense

     (81.8     (84.1     (34.2

Other income (expense), net

     (0.5     27.7        7.9   
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total other income (expense), net

     (80.2     (54.8     (21.3
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Income before income taxes and noncontrolling interest

     456.0        250.6        362.6   

Provision for income taxes

     196.9        67.3        140.6   
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Net income

     259.1        183.3        222.0   

Loss attributable to noncontrolling interest

     1.8        1.1          
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Net income attributable to common shareholders

   $ 260.9      $ 184.4      $ 222.0   
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Earnings per share attributable to common shareholders:

      

Basic

   $ 2.10      $ 1.51      $ 2.11   
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Diluted

   $ 2.06      $ 1.48      $ 1.96   
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Weighted average shares outstanding:

      

Basic

     124.5        122.4        105.0   
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Diluted

     126.5        124.2        116.4   
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

See accompanying Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements.

 

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WATSON PHARMACEUTICALS, INC.

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF COMPREHENSIVE INCOME

(In millions)

 

     Years Ended December 31,  
     2011     2010     2009  

Net income

   $ 259.1      $ 183.3      $ 222.0   

Other comprehensive income (loss)

      

Foreign currency translation gains (losses)

     (64.9     (11.5     1.8   

Unrealized gains (losses) on securities, net of tax

     (8.3     8.1        2.0   

Reclassification for (gains) losses included in net income, net of tax

     (0.8     (1.0     1.3   
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total other comprehensive income (loss), net of tax

     (74.0     (4.4     5.1   
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Comprehensive income

     185.1        178.9        227.1   

Comprehensive loss attributable to noncontrolling interest

     1.8        1.1          
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Comprehensive income attributable to common shareholders

   $ 186.9      $ 180.0      $ 227.1   
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

See accompanying Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements.

 

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WATSON PHARMACEUTICALS, INC.

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS

(In millions)

 

     Years Ended December 31,  
     2011     2010     2009  

Cash Flows From Operating Activities:

      

Net income

   $ 259.1      $ 183.3      $ 222.0   
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Reconciliation to net cash provided by operating activities:

      

Depreciation

     93.6        101.9        96.4   

Amortization

     354.3        180.0        92.6   

Provision for inventory reserve

     44.4        50.0        51.0   

Share-based compensation

     39.8        23.5        19.1   

Deferred income tax benefit

     (126.9     (118.3     (19.0

Losses on equity method investments

     4.5                 

(Gain) loss on sale of securities

     (0.8     (27.3     1.1   

Loss on asset sales and impairment, net

     76.3        29.8        2.6   

Increase in allowance for doubtful accounts

     2.3        9.5        3.4   

Accretion of preferred stock and contingent payment consideration

     14.6        38.4        2.2   

Excess tax benefit from stock-based compensation

     (14.6              

Other, net

     (0.2     11.3        (7.6

Changes in assets and liabilities (net of effects of acquisitions):

      

Accounts receivable, net

     (590.9     (57.1     (108.2

Inventories

     (282.2     10.5        (82.2

Prepaid expenses and other current assets

     43.5        55.4        9.1   

Accounts payable and accrued expenses

     671.8        96.5        72.0   

Deferred revenue

     (8.7     (10.6     2.0   

Income and other taxes payable

     85.5        (20.8     16.9   

Other assets and liabilities

     (33.4     15.0        3.4   
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total adjustments

     372.9        387.7        154.8   
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Net cash provided by operating activities

     632.0        571.0        376.8   
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Cash Flows From Investing Activities:

      

Additions to property and equipment

     (126.7     (56.6     (55.4

Additions to product rights and other intangibles

     (18.7     (10.9     (16.5

Additions to marketable securities

     (10.0     (5.5     (8.0

Additions to long-term investments

     (3.6     (43.7       

Proceeds from sale of property and equipment

     6.7        2.7        3.0   

Proceeds from sales of marketable securities

     5.3        9.5        9.0   

Proceeds from sale of investments

     0.8        95.4          

Acquisition of business, net of cash acquired

     (575.1     (67.5     (968.2

Other investing activities, net

     2.3        2.5          
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Net cash used in investing activities

   $ (719.0   $ (74.1   $ (1,036.1
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Cash Flows From Financing Activities:

      

Proceeds from issuance of long-term debt

   $      $      $ 1,109.9   

Proceeds from borrowings on credit facility

     400.0                 

Principal payments on debt

     (428.8     (459.7     (786.6

Proceeds from stock plans

     54.9        54.7        33.4   

Payment of contingent consideration

     (4.5