Operator: Good day, ladies and gentlemen, and welcome to the Third Quarter 2011 Stryker Earnings Conference Call. My name is Keisha and I’ll be your operator for today. At this time, all participants are in a listen-only mode. We will conduct the question-and-answer session towards the end of this conference. As a reminder, this conference is being recorded for replay purposes.
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I would now like to turn the conference over to your host for today Mr. Steve MacMillan, Chairman, President and CEO. Please, proceed.
Stephen P. MacMillan - Chairman, President and CEO: Thank you, Keisha. Good afternoon everyone, and welcome to Stryker’s third quarter 2011 earnings report. With me today are Curt Hartman, our Vice President and Chief Financial Officer and Katherine Owen, Vice President of Strategy and Investor Relations.
Before passing the call over to Katherine and Curt to provide more specifics, we know there have been some investor concerns that we’d like to address, including the slowdown in elective procedures, capital budgets, and gross margin.
First, with respect to elective procedures, the recon market continued the softness that began last year in the second quarter. While we look forward to the day the market picks back up, we feel good about our recon portfolio and our ability to deliver even in a slower environment.
Second; turning to capital budgets and the potential impact to Medicare spending, we believe there has been an understandable but misplaced overreaction. While the current economic environment remains challenged, hospitals do have access to credit, a clear difference versus the 2008-2009 downturn. Our own third quarter MedSurg results, especially our medical business, are evidence that these markets remain solid.
It’s also important to note that since late 2008, we have significantly changed the composition of our MedSurg businesses, including expanding our disposables product offering with the Ascent, Sonopet and Gaymar acquisitions.
Our MedSurg businesses are better positioned now than at any point in our history to drive share gains, engage with hospital customers, leverage new product offerings and expand geographically, a fact that we believe will remain clearly the case in the fourth quarter in 2012 and beyond.
On the gross margin front, we have been negatively impacted in 2011 by a greater than expected degree from swings in foreign exchange rates. Although the same swings inflated our gross margin in Q2 and Q3 of 2010, the reverse has been true this year.
Beyond FX, we are making the necessary investments to help unlock decentralized inefficacies that represent a clear long-term leverage opportunity. With Lonny Carpenter now overseeing global manufacturing since the start of this year, we are investing in various aspects of this multiyear initiative, including our IT infrastructure, procurement, vendor consolidation, and numerous other aspects, while also absorbing the various acquisitions.
Ironically, it’s the strength of our P&L that enabling us to make these investments that will yield dividends longer term, while not deviating from the earnings targets we provided at the start of the year.
Looked at somewhat more succinctly, our underlying P&L performance is enabling us to manage through some unexpected pressures as well as M&A cost that often result in companies trimming guidance. We are not one of them.
It’s also worth highlighting the fact that over the past 24 months we have bolstered our core franchises by leveraging the tremendous strength afforded by our solid cash flow and strong balance sheet via acquisitions.
We have entered into key adjacent markets that are on track to help accelerate our organic growth in 2012 and beyond. With 10 acquisitions completed in the past two years and four in 2011 alone, we are committed to further broadening our sales footprint with M&A targets.
It’s important to note that we are not just buying one off growth. Every one of these acquisitions is a platform that we fully expect to grow above the rate of our core markets or the foreseeable future.
Our sales mix is also strengthened considerably within our MedSurg businesses, particularly through Stryker Sustainability Solutions, and more recently, Gaymar. These moves have provided our sales team with a stronger product offering and a greater ability to gain market share despite some ongoing challenges in underlying elective procedure growth.
We also remain highly focused on ensuring we are investing in internally driven innovation. As evidenced by the 23% increase in R&D in the quarter and year-to-date, on top of 17% increase in 2010. The investments in R&D are balanced throughout our portfolio of businesses and include the necessary incremental innovation that’s driving our ongoing market share gains in many of our businesses while also making longer term investments in both products, procedural and service offerings. This level of R&D is a clear reflection of our confidence and the opportunities we still see for innovation in our markets.
Our commitment to a three-pronged strategy is relates to cash deployment is reflected in our Q3 results. As we further leveraged our P&L via buybacks, the total $289 million in the quarter and our quarterly dividend represent a 20% increase year-over-year. We believe this balanced approach will drive maximum shareholder return for both the short and long-term as we look to accelerate organic growth while also driving greater P&L leverage.
Overall, looking back on our Q3 results and our financial performance to date in 2011, we are pleased with the unique strength of our company, both our products and our people, although the global economic environment has proven to be more challenging than anticipated at the start of the year. It’s clear that our unique business model is enabling us to navigate the challenges while further building on our strength. The expansion of our sales footprint through our focused M&A activity will be an important driver of our revenue and earnings growth long-term.
Near-term, our strength is allowing us to modestly raise our EPS target for the year while simultaneously absorbing a series of key strategic acquisitions and making meaningful investments in R&D. We believe this combination of funding our innovation pipeline, augmenting our business with additional higher growth franchises, and achieving consistent double-digit earnings growth will ensure we are able to maximize shareholder returns in both the near and long-term. Net, although there are always challenges and there will inevitably be things we don’t like in any given quarter, we feel good about our ability to deliver and see lots of opportunity for growth in all of our businesses.
With that, I’ll turn the call over to Katherine.
Katherine A. Owen - VP, Strategy and IR: Thanks, Steve. In light of the relatively high level of M&A activity that’s occurred with us in recent quarters, my comments today will focus on some additional granularity around these transactions. As many of you on today’s call are aware our cash deployment strategy is focused on acquisitions along with buybacks and dividends. With our cash flow capabilities, we believe that the ability to execute on all three is an important competitive advantage and positions us well to deliver on both our short and long term financial targets.
From a scorecard perspective, we are pleased with the performance to-date of the various acquisitions, although retrospectively the 510(k) clearance of our shape fitting technology obtained by the OtisMed acquisition took longer than anticipated. The early read on the rollout is positive, and we view the product as a key offering in our recon sales forces portfolio. We are also pleased by the reacceleration in Stryker Sustainability Solutions which delivered strong double-digit top-line growth in the quarter.
We completed a number of deals focused on our core markets in 2010 included Sonopet, Gaymar and MEDPOR for all of which are tracking at or ahead of expectations. Although, clearly still early we’re excited about the opportunity for us to leverage our considerable sales and distribution capability by adding the terrific product portfolios provided by Orthovita and Memometals. Overall, we look at the totality of our M&A activity to help us to generate solid top line growth despite the softer than expected orthopaedic implant markets.
Turning to the most significant acquisition we have completed recently, Neurovascular continues to execute on the launch of its new products, including the next-generation coil and attachment system.
We view the long-term growth potential in the treatment of stroke to represent one of the most exciting segments within medical technology, reflecting both the tremendous unmet need and opportunities for device-based innovation. This was the key factor behind our move to further expand our market leading presence in the interventional stroke market with the recent acquisition of Concentric Medical, which allows us access to the ischemic stroke segment.
Although today the vast majority, nearly 90% of neurovascular stroke sales are from devices to treat hemorrhagic stroke, this population represents just 13% of stroke patients. Over 85% of stroke incidents are from ischemic and we are excited about the opportunity to leverage our core platform in neurovascular via the addition of Concentric with its long history of device-based innovation and a truly exciting product pipeline.
Its latest generation Trevo stent retriever device designed specifically for the removal of ischemic stroke is CE approved and Concentric is currently one of just two companies with an FDA approved IDE trial underway in the stent retriever category.
We are targeting a late 2012, 2013 510(k) clearance and believe this technology will represent an important long-term growth driver of our Neurotechnology franchise.
In sum, our recent series of M&A transactions reflect our stated strategy of both leveraging our core in order to drive sales and cost synergies, while also entering key adjacent markets that can help improve our long-term organic growth rates.
With that, I’ll turn the call over to Curt.
Curt Hartman - VP and CFO: Thanks, Katherine. I’ll start by saying we again delivered solid financial results based on the inherent strength of our evolving business mix, financial discipline and a diverse and expanding base of recurring revenue, all of which positions us well in today’s challenging global economy and changing med tech landscape.
Overall, in the third quarter, Company sales increased 14.9% on a recorded basis and 11.7% in constant currency, in line with the second quarter. Sequentially, core growth excluding currency and acquisitions, slowed in the quarter, but was consistent with levels achieved in Q1, finishing at 4.1%.
Despite the lack of any meaningful recovery in elective procedures, we are encouraged by our ability to sustain mid single-digit organic growth which we are augmenting through our strategic business development activities.
Drivers of growth in the quarter included solid MedSurg results, reflecting both continued strength in our medical and instrument segments and an acceleration in our Sustainability Solutions business.
Additionally, we saw continued incremental quarter-over-quarter gains in our core Reconstructive business. While the majority of our Neurotechnology and Spine franchises achieve solid growth, this was offset by a sequential slowdown in our spinal implants.
Looking at earnings, we delivered encouraging results with adjusted diluted EPS before nonrecurring charges of $0.91, representing growth of 13.8% over Q3 of 2010. On a GAAP basis, diluted net earnings per share were $0.84, a decrease of 1.2% versus Q3 of 2010.
Overall, our 2011 acquisitions as well as those completed in recent years are performing as or better than expected and our integration efforts remain on track. The P&L continues to reflect our investment in systems to support acquisition integration, R&D expansion, and the tax benefit driven from our focus on optimizing our operational footprint.
Other factors in the quarter include the now typical movements associated with currency in a per share gain of over $0.01 associated with share repurchases and a favorable tax election. Finally, in the quarter, we generated $446 million of cash from operations.
In reviewing the quarter, I’ll start with the discussion of the components of our revenue growth. In the third quarter revenue growth was driven by buy and mix which contributed 6.1% to our top-line growth while company-wide selling prices declined 2%. Overall, pricing remain consistent and in line with recent quarters. Acquisitions added 7.6% and currency contributed approximately $57 million and improved the Company’s overall reported sales growth by 3.2%.
Looking at our external reporting segments, Reconstructive products, which represented 44% of our sales in the quarter and include our hip, knee, trauma and other reconstructive lines recorded in 8% increase as reported and a 4% increase on a constant currency basis. Acquisition added 1.7% to the constant currency increase. This represents another sequential improvement in our Reconstructive segment while acknowledging the gains have been marginal and the market remains challenging.
At the segment level hip sales continue to perform well recording a 10% reported gain and 5% increase in constant currency. International markets accelerated in the quarter delivering our best hip results since Q1 of 2009. Emerging markets and Japan paces the gains. In the U. S., market hip sales continued benefit from our MDM offering and recorded 5% growth. Conversely, new sales remained weak in the quarter with reported growth of 3% and down 50 basis points on a constant currency basis.
International markets recorded 2% constant currency growth with mid-single to low-double-digit gains in other international markets offset by softness in Europe. The U.S. market remains difficult as evidenced by the 2% decline in the quarter. However, the commercial launch of our shape matching offering is going well, and we expect it to contribute to modest sequential improvement in the quarters ahead noting tougher fourth quarter comparisons.
Globally, trauma posted 17% reported growth and 12% and constant currency growth. Acquisitions added 6% to the top-line. Domestic trauma results recorded a 20% gain, while an international markets trauma recorded 5% growth on a constant currency basis. Overall, we feel good about our Reconstructive results in the challenged market and remain optimistic regarding our hip line up, the OtisMed shape matching solution, the (MMI) acquisition and its influence on our broader trauma offering.
Next, I’ll turn to MedSurg which represented 38% of sales in the quarter and is comprised of our instruments, endoscopy, medical and Stryker Sustainability Solution segments. MedSurg delivered another solid sales quarter increasing 12% as reported and 10% on a constant currency basis with acquisitions adding 2.2%. Once again, the medical segment was the star of the show delivering 31% reported growth, 20% excluding acquisitions and currency.
From a market perspective, the bed and stretcher offering continues to perform well in a market fuelled by the replacement and upgrade cycle as well as hospitals increasing focus and the ability of certain capital purchases to improve efficiencies and facilitate better patient outcomes.
Finally, our Sustainability Solutions business return to mid-to-high-teens growth and this remains our expectation given all the opportunity we first identified in this market over two years ago.
Our final segment Neurotechnology and Spine which represented 18% of the Company’s sales in the quarter increased 46% as reported and 43% on a constant currency basis. Acquisitions added 42.5% to the constant currency increase. Highlights in the quarter include strong organic growth from our Interventional Spine and NSE offerings as well as the positive influence of the MEDPOR and Neurovascular acquisitions.
Obviously, continued pressure on the spinal implant market in terms of both volumes and price influenced core growth in the quarter. Finally, on a positive note, our Spine business did begin its initial launch of a lateral access fusion system.
I will now turn to the income statement beginning with gross margin performance. Gross margins finished at 67.1% as a result of acquisition charges totaling approximately $18 million. Excluding these charges, gross margins were 68.0% in the quarter, which was lower than the prior year by 140 basis points, but represented a 20 basis point improvement over Q2. Also recall, 2010 third quarter gross margins were favorably impacted by currency.
These comments aside, given our management and operational structure, our efforts remain focused on reducing our material and conversion cost in support of our long-term growth strategy, which we believe will drive operating margin expansion despite the potential for greater pricing pressure as the healthcare environment continues to evolve.
Research and development continued as an area of investment priority moving to 6% of sales, an increase of 23% versus the third quarter of 2010. For the first three quarters, R&D spend is up 23%, influenced by our commitments to increased innovation and the (dollars) now in the R&D category associated with acquisitions.
Stated more succinctly, we believe innovations still matters as a catalyst for long-term growth, and we are excited about the current and future flow of new products across our various divisions.
Selling, general and administrative cost represented 37.7% of sales. Adjusting for acquisition and integration related charges, SG&A finished at 36.6% of sales, a decline of 120 basis points versus prior year. Intangible amortization in the quarter was $31 million and represented 1.5% of sales versus the $14 million and 80 basis points of sales in the prior year quarter.
Year-to-date, intangible amortization is $90 million or 1.5% of sales versus $42 million and 80 basis points of sales in 2010. Clearly, the acquisition influence on this line is deleveraging our P&L and the EBIT margin this year, but we expect to see benefit here in the years ahead. Reported operating income decreased 5.7% over prior year and moved to 21.9% of sales, reflecting the impact of the inventory step up and other acquisition and integrated related charges.
Adjusted operating income increased 8% while the adjusted operating margin decreased 150 basis points versus prior year to 23.8% of sales. Other income and expense decreased pre-tax income by $13 million in the quarter. Components of this included an investment income of $9 million offset by $21 million of interest expense.
The Company’s effective income tax rate was 24.1% for the third quarter. Excluding the tax benefit associated with acquisition related charges, our effective income tax rate would have been 25% for the quarter.
For the year-to-date, our tax rate excluding the acquisition related charges is 25.6% and we are comfortable with this for the year. In terms of the balance sheet, we ended the quarter with $3.2 billion of cash and marketable securities, up $500 million from the $2.7 billion at the end of the second quarter.
We supplemented this balance on September 12th with a $750 million, five year five-year 2% coupon debt offering and offset the increase with working capital expansion, acquisitions and share repurchases. As a reminder, we now have $1.75 billion of debt on the balance sheet associated with our January 2010 $1 billion debt offering and our September 2011 $750 million debt offering.
On the asset management side, accounts receivables days ended the quarter at 58, which represented a decrease of one day compared to the prior quarter and prior year. Days in inventory finished the quarter at 176, which was an increase of 12 days sequentially versus the second quarter and two days against the prior year level.
Turning to cash; in the third quarter, we generated cash flow from operations of $446 million and free cash flow of $389 million. Finally, in the quarter market volatility created a buying opportunity and we repurchased 5.9 million shares totaling $289 million. Year-to-date, we have repurchased 9.9 million shares for the total spend of $539 million. We currently have open authorizations totaling approximately $286 million.
In summary, we delivered a positive third quarter and in general are on track with our annual earnings goal. The objectives remain driving core business growth, continued acquisition integration, operational focus and a sharpen focus on cash generation.
Turning to our outlook, our guidance as Steve noted has been adjusted in the couple areas. Starting with currency, if rates hold in their current levels, we would expect fourth quarter sales to be favorably impacted by approximately 0% to 1% when compared to 2010. Using current rates, the full year currency impact on top-line sales would be an increase in the range of 2% to 3% when compared to 2010. From the revenue standpoint, we are now calling for a net sales increase of 11% to 12% in constant currency, excluding the impact of foreign currency as well as acquisitions, where sales growth is now projected to be 4% to 5% for the full year.
Adjusted diluted net earnings per share range has been raised and is now anticipated to be in the $3.70 to $3.74 range representing an increase of 11% to 12% over 2010 adjusted diluted earnings per share and comparing favorably to our prior $3.65 to $3.73 target. We anticipate acquisitions and integration related charges to reduce reported diluted net earnings per share by approximately $0.33 to $0.35
Overall, we think the year is largely in line with our expectations. With our continued actions to both leverage and further diversify our revenue base, coupled with our ongoing investment and quality to significant uptick in R&D investments and more recently our efforts around operational simplification and alignment, we are highly encouraged regarding our near and long-term top and bottom-line growth prospects.
Additionally, we’ve been supporting these efforts with disciplined capital deployment through share buybacks, dividend expansion and strategic acquisitions. We believe we are well positioned to maximize shareholder returns through a highly focused and balanced approach.
With that, we’ll now open it up for a Q&A.
Operator: Mike Weinstein, JP Morgan.
Mike Weinstein - JP Morgan: Steve, maybe it’s a starting point would like to focus on MedSurg and given the concerns out there, I’d be interested in your comments, some of them which you made earlier about the health of the various end markets and I am thinking geographically, I am thinking Europe and the U.S., as you look at the fourth quarter. Then a second part I’d like you to comment on is where you are in the product cycle for your various businesses. I think our understanding is that you have a new product cycle coming on the endoscopy side of the business and cameras in 2012. So, any additional insights there would be appreciated.
Stephen P. MacMillan - Chairman, President and CEO: Sure, Mike. I think we do continue to feel very good about our MedSurg businesses, both in the U.S. and particularly outside of the U.S. We’ll tell you, Europe was a little rougher in the third quarter, and that was probably our little spot of weakness for our MedSurg businesses in the third quarter. We think that’s just a little bit of a market issue. Nothing that’s got us too concerned and the bigger issue probably is our product cycle, particularly as it does relate to both endo and to some degree our instruments businesses, that we’ve got some very good things coming, and particularly on the endo side as you said, things in the pipeline there that we maybe a little softer here in the next quarter or so, but feeling very good about what’s in the lineup, and I would say, probably feeling really good about what we have coming in 2012 across all three of the big MedSurg franchises.
Mike Weinstein - JP Morgan: And the visibility on that for the Street, would that have to wait for (ALF) from the pipeline?
Stephen P. MacMillan - Chairman, President and CEO: Yeah in terms of – probably in terms of…
Katherine A. Owen - VP, Strategy and IR: It’s probably as we get into – Mike, as you know, historically we haven’t gone into a whole lot of specificity around exact timing of those launches, both for competitive reasons as well as sales force focus. So, these are 2012 rollouts, the exact timing probably not going to be too specific on right now?
Mike Weinstein - JP Morgan: Then, Steve, just to think strategically, we’ve seen metal device end markets become increasingly challenged this year or the last few years and so it’s hard to find end markets that are at this point at least showing meaningful growth. With that reality, how do we think about your further appetite for M&A given how aggressive you’ve been over the last 24, 36 months?
Stephen P. MacMillan - Chairman, President and CEO: Sure. I think what we’ve clearly tried to do Mike as you know is find additional growth opportunities that within any overall market, you’ve got pockets of strength and things like extremities, things like orthobiologics, things like surfaces in our medical business or Sonopet which was great for our NSE, our Neuro Spine franchise. I think we’ve been very active and opportunistic in what’s gone on there, so really the way we look at it is, those markets should grow faster than the overall markets and continue to look for those, you know, dare we call it, niches or smaller pieces and then looking at big things like the Neurovascular that we feel will have a very good growth profile. Going forward, would you expect the same pace of acquisitions; I’ll tell you truthfully we’re probably largely focusing right now on integrating what we’ve taken, we’ve taken a lot on over the last 12 to 18 months and I think you would probably see a slowdown that – you know, we’re not going to be serial acquirers, but we are going to take advantage when the opportunities pop-up. Katherine, I don’t know if you want to add to that?
Katherine A. Owen - VP, Strategy and IR: I think (indiscernible) ebbs and flows and right now we want to make sure that we leverage the opportunity we have and not muck it up on the integration side. So it’s not an on and off switch, but probably one right now a little bit more focused on integration and execution.
Stephen P. MacMillan - Chairman, President and CEO: Mike, to add one other comment to that; I think as a CEO you have to be careful that you’re paying attention to truly the organizational abilities to digest so many things and we’re probably -- I don’t want to say maxed up, but we’re stretched and I think the level we’ve done but would want to be careful not to take so much more on at this point.
Operator: David Lewis, Morgan Stanley
David Lewis - Morgan Stanley: Steve or Curt just thinking about the quarter, margins came in actually better than we thought and actually suited revenue in many respect, so just thinking about the fourth quarter change to the top-line constant currency number. Can you just talk about some of the factors in the fourth quarter that are resulting in incremental pressure, is it orthopaedics? Is it the international market?
Curt Hartman - VP and CFO: David, the second part of your question was the fourth quarter change. Our outlook was full year.
David Lewis - Morgan Stanley: I am just assuming given this third quarter performance is actually in line to little better than we’re looking for, I am just wondering what these specific slowdowns would be in the fourth quarter?
Curt Hartman - VP and CFO: I think our overall full year guidance, I can’t overlay my guidance on your model, but I think our overall guidance is a statement of we’ve not seen any meaningful recovery in the Reconstructive business, though we are personally incrementally making gains as you look at our Reconstructive business, hips, knees and trauma, that core business has improved each of the past three quarters, albeit very incrementally by our historical standards, but certainly that market has not recovered in a way that I think a lot of people would have assumed as we entered this year. I don’t think in the broad European market, we’ve seen any meaningful recovery as well, so those are probably the two number one, number two areas that are driving the little bit of core business pullback in overall outlook pullback.
David Lewis - Morgan Stanley: Steve, you made some comments and I appreciate Katherine’s comments giving us a more detail about many of the acquisitions and the growth platforms going forward. You talked about beginning to see the evidence of acceleration in the core business in the ‘12 and ‘13 timeframe. As you think about mid-single-digit organic constant currency guidance for this year, is it too early to think about acceleration from those levels heading into ‘12?
Stephen P. MacMillan - Chairman, President and CEO: Yeah. I think, David we want to stay away from getting too far into guidance for 2012, but I think you should expect it. We feel good about the way we’ve been reshaping the portfolio this year. The big question really is going to be do the markets come back much or not, but I think we’re trying to position ourselves to have solid organic growth despite even if the markets continue right where they are, and we’ll obviously come back with more specific guidance in January.
Operator: Bob Hopkins, Bank of America/Merrill Lynch.
Bob Hopkins - Bank of America/Merrill Lynch: So, two things I want to cover. One, I was wondering if you could give a little bit more color on the endo business because that seems to be the one within MedSurg that declined in terms of its growth rate the most from the trends you’ve seen over the last few quarters, so if you could talk about that a little bit and then I wanted to ask a question on operating margins, but I’ll save that for the follow-up?
Stephen P. MacMillan - Chairman, President and CEO: Yeah. On endo, I think it’s really product life cycle related and I would tell you Katherine, Curt and I were actually out of that business last week and feel really good about where they’ll be headed next year.
Bob Hopkins - Bank of America/Merrill Lynch: Steve, is that anything -- you correct me you said you should expect incremental softness in the fourth quarter?
Stephen P. MacMillan - Chairman, President and CEO: No.
Bob Hopkins - Bank of America/Merrill Lynch: Then on the operating margin side, either Steve or Curt, this year we’ve seen declines in operating margin, we obviously all understand the R&D piece, but in terms of gross margin and SG&A, can you just talk from a top-down perspective about the pressures on those businesses or on those line items this year? As we look forward, and again, I am not asking for 2012 guidance, but can we get – at what point can those turn and what allows it to turn the operating margins back up again?
Curt Hartman - VP and CFO: It’s obviously a hot topic here the last of quarters, Bob, specifically as it relates to gross margins. Clearly, currency movement does impact gross margins, but I think in addition to that, when we look at our business, we really start with what’s the revenue outlook and what’s the earnings target that we are going for, and all the levers in between those two are at our discretion to use, to run our business in a way that we think will best help us in the given quarter, the given year, but also as we look to the future on where we think the business needs to be. So, as you look at gross margins specifically, there has clearly been a currency influence there this year, but in addition, and Steve mentioned this in his opening comments, we now have a global executive who is focused on our global operations. Anytime you do that, anytime you align an operations team, a lot of projects come forward. Those projects all come with a price and you have to make those investments before you see the return. In addition, the M&A that’s been discussed also brings cost that hit gross margin, and not all of those cost get called out as acquisition and integration related charges because some of those costs are investments that we’ll use across the company for further leverage in the out year. Specifically as it relates to SG&A, I honestly feel decent about where SG&A is right now. We’ve had some ups and downs over the last three quarters, but in general I feel pretty good about what we are doing there. I think everybody in the med device space is looking at distribution related cost and trying to figure out where those are going to move over what period of time, and that includes Stryker, but in general, I think we’ve got the right approach and the right focus on those right now.
Stephen P. MacMillan - Chairman, President and CEO: If I can just add one other thing, I think we clarified when we did the Boston Neurovascular acquisition what we were doing is there – absorbing a division from a company that was structured very differently than ours; and again, one of the things we’ve had to do this year is invest in some of the back office support areas as well to absorb that acquisition and let them focus on what they do well, which is drive the top line, drive the innovation. So, there has been additional cost in the SG&A line supporting that this year that we should start to see leverage in the future as well.
Curt Hartman - VP and CFO: Just from a metric standpoint, year-to-date adjusted SG&A is identical to what it was a year ago, so to my comment about, I think we’re doing okay given everything we put in through the P&L this year to be equal to where we were as a ratio, 37.3% of sales, I actually feel okay and think about that in the future periods how we can leverage that as we expand the sales base.
Operator: Kristen Stewart, Deutsche Bank.
Kristen Stewart - Deutsche Bank: Just wanted to go over I guess the reduction in underlying sales growth, Curt. I think you had said the new guidance assumes 4% to 5%; I think the old guidance was 5% to 7%, I just want to kind of clarify that?
Curt Hartman - VP and CFO: Yeah. We started the year with core business growth of 5% to 7%. We’re moving that to 4% to 5% and I would just tell you, it’s a reflection of where we are in the year through the first three quarters and the size of core growth we have deliver in the fourth quarter to stay within our 5% to 7% range. Number one, it doesn’t feel realistic after three quarters being under our belt. Number two, we think the four to five is realistic reflection that some of the core markets, i.e. Reconstructive have not returned to a level that we had originally assumed as we started this year. We’re as optimistic as anyone and we want to continue to drive our teams to higher growth levels, but I think the 4 to 5 more accurately reflects our first three quarters and where we see the year finishing up.
Kristen Stewart - Deutsche Bank: Just kind of the change as mostly you would say attributable to thus far performance within been recon, mainly hip and knee?
Curt Hartman - VP and CFO: Yeah and Spine, Spine is recorded in our Neurotec and Spine segment and as I mentioned in my comments we did not have good spinal implant in the quarter. It was frankly disappointing and I think it just reflects the broad pressure in the overall Reconstructive market even though we report those in a different segment than our Reconstructive business.
Operator: Rick Wise, Leerink, Swann & Company
Rick Wise - Leerink, Swann & Company: You talked about the slightly better performance in hips and sort of accelerate from the second quarter in the U.S. Is this is the new products you’ve launched? Is that the primary driver and should we expect a continued gradual step-up as you talked about the freight train image in the past, should we expect that gradual increase going forward despite the tough market?
Stephen P. MacMillan - Chairman, President and CEO: I think the freight train analogy is very good one, Rick. We’re seeing MDM take off. I would just remind you we’re going against a tough fourth quarter comp, but overall the trend here is looking up and I think we’re hearing very good stuff out of the field and out of the search and community on MDM, taking in the right place, the right time with that product.
Rick Wise - Leerink, Swann & Company: So it’s all about the new products.
Stephen P. MacMillan - Chairman, President and CEO: Yes.
Rick Wise - Leerink, Swann & Company: Katherine if I heard you correctly, did I hear you say strong double-digit growth or if I get your exact language if I understood you correctly J&J’s have not bought SterilMed maybe Steve or Katherine you could talk about the dynamics of that business and is this going to be a more important growth driver, small still, but going forward, is this as reprocessing gains more traction?
Stephen P. MacMillan - Chairman, President and CEO: Rick to clarify we did have double-digit growth, and it was a clear step up in the quarter business bouncing back very nicely and we feel we’ve got that back on track, continue to feel great about the fundamentals and frankly we think J&J’s entry into it is going to, a, further validate this as a market to an enormous degree I think it’s wonderful when you have Stryker and J&J both as now the number one and two players in the market, and I think the underlying fundamentals in healthcare cost and everything else, we continue to feel really good about having identified this one a couple years ago and picked up the market leader with great growth potential in the market. It’s probably going to become more validated now than ever.
Operator: Matt Miksic, Piper Jaffary & Co.
Matt Miksic - Piper Jaffary & Co.: I wanted to follow-up on earlier question on strategic interest. I know you have taken on a lot recently in your organizations, integrating those acquisitions, but one other questions on the call earlier today raised the question on my mind about your business, you’re pretty much fully exposed across your business lines and sort of government and private pay reimbursed products maybe with the exception of hospital equipment; and I’m wondering if you’ve contemplated, if you would contemplate, diversifying that especially given the regulatory and payer environment that we’re in to include something that’s a little bit more patient pay, commercial pay, self pay oriented, and then I have one follow-up?
Stephen P. MacMillan - Chairman, President and CEO: Yeah, Matt I wouldn’t say that that’s got to be a strategic driver. We do talk about that a lot and I would tell you I have looked at some markets that are more exposed to a bigger private pay component, but we feel good still about the markets we’re in, and I think over time, ultimately, we would also believe they may become more of a private pay component even to some of the businesses that we’re in and ultimately where innovation will continue to drive the business, but we think about it, but wouldn’t expect a big move. We’re pretty good sticking close to our core as you know.
Matt Miksic - Piper Jaffary & Co.: Then the follow-up was on recon and some of your launches there; even though you’re not calling here for a recovery in orthopaedics or reconstructive, it does -- halfway through the reporting cycle, it does seem like you’re coming up kind of in the top quartiles of performance this quarter and I am wondering with respect…
Stephen P. MacMillan - Chairman, President and CEO: As we should.
Matt Miksic - Piper Jaffary & Co.: As you should. As we like to see. But in these new product launches, just to set the right expectation, it used to be that it would take a good solid couple of years to be into the meat of a new roll out. Given the environment, I guess what we’re hearing is maybe even those timelines have become more, you know, a little bit stretched out in the way that you deploy instruments, the way that you train and roll these things out just maybe because of the market’s capacity to absorb new products has changed. Any color on that – is that something, should we think about these products that way?
Katherine A. Owen - VP, Strategy and IR: Matt, I think you have to – it’s going to be difficult to make a blanket statement, so if you look traditionally in hips and knees, those are typically longer, a couple of year, as you fully rollout, and not just the instruments but you train the sales force, train the surgeons, but if you take for instance right now, MDM which is our key hip product launch, it really benefited from a lot of the heavy lifting that went on around both the philosophy and the instrumentation et cetera from ADM. So, that’s probably had a little bit better of initial uptake than you’d see with the traditional recon product, and also OtisMed, there was similarity with that shape-fitting technology as it was on the market a few years ago, and there is general similarity with it. So, I don’t think you can make a blanket statement. It’s going to depend on the type of product and the type of launch, but I wouldn’t say from a macro environment we’re seeing stretched out product uptakes.
Operator: Tao Levy, Collins Stewart.
Tao Levy - Collins Stewart: I had a question on the 1% to 2% change in sort of the core growth; is that something that you kind of realized throughout the quarter or you looked into Q4 or it’s been a little bit live throughout the year and there has been some sort of expectation that things would get better and now you kind of just need to readjust expectations?
Curt Hartman - VP and CFO: I’d consider it a border line adjustment at the end of the day when you look at it Tao. You know, 4 to 5 versus we’re at the low end of 5, we were seeing how the year has been playing out. Clearly, the markets have not materialized, but it’s a very modest incremental adjustment.
Tao Levy - Collins Stewart: What I’m trying to I guess think about is, are things appearing worse than they had in the hip and knee market or they’re just not getting as good?
Stephen P. MacMillan - Chairman, President and CEO: It’s really seeing where things shook out in the third quarter and being this close to end of the year. We’ve got obviously more data at this point and just recognizing the comps for the fourth quarter and product lifecycles and everything else, so do not read at all as a signal that we’re concerned about where we’re headed.
Operator: David Turkaly, SIG.
David Turkaly - SIG: I know you mentioned the pricing was down 2% in the quarter and just curious as you updated the guidance, how was that relative to your expectations and is that kind of what we should be expecting as we look solid for the company ahead?
Curt Hartman - VP and CFO: Pricing this year has been in the 1% to 2% down range, so it somewhat fits right in with where pricing trends have been over the last couple quarter and I think we’re comfortable saying that it will remain in that category that range as we look forward. I think it’s kind of the same old.
David Turkaly - SIG: You mentioned OtisMed and having a customized product come in. Can you tell us what you think, little bit of size of that market is, so what the opportunity might be for you, how big that is as a percent of kind of the overall knee markets, so what kind of opportunity you have ahead as you launch that?
Katherine A. Owen - VP, Strategy and IR: It accept to get really firm data on penetration rate, some of the number hover around 10% of knee procedures using customized shape fitting. We obviously think there is opportunity for further in roads, in longer terms some of that maybe required to have clinical data that really demonstrate some of the benefits that we believe exist as it relates to higher throughout et cetera, no specific target we would put out there, but clearly we think it’s going to be an important part of the sales force’s arsenal of offerings in the knee side.
Operator: David Roman, Goldman Sachs.
Tuff Ryan - Goldman Sachs: Hi guys. This is actually (Tuff Ryan) for David. Just follow-up on some of the earlier questions, I was looking at acquisitions over the past year, and I was hoping you could just give us an update on which of those acquisitions have kind of the biggest overhang on gross margins currently and over the next few quarters, how you see further integration of these acquisitions kind of shaken off from the gross margin perspective?
Curt Hartman - VP and CFO: I don’t know if we can go acquisition-by-acquisition here and evaluate gross margins, but I think the key focus here on all the acquisitions is executing all defined integration plan and as we said in our commentary, we feel good about our acquisition integration plans as it relates to most recently Orthovita, Memometal, Neurovascular business to begin the year, and going back into last year, the acquisitions that we completed then. We feel good about our integration plans; don’t want to overburden the organization with additional integration. So, that’s a key focus is – focus on the integration so we don’t run into problems and then do damage to the revenue outlook which is really where you bring the P&L pressure. So, I think keeping focused on integrating and doing it right and doing it in a comprehensive fashion is where our focus is.
Tuff Ryan - Goldman Sachs: Another for Neurovascular specifically could you provide an update on where you guys stand now and maybe not gross margins specifically, but just kind of overall, where you see the timelines for that?
Curt Hartman - VP and CFO: As Steve said it’s a complicated integration because you’re going from a culture that was highly centralized in terms of the back office support to a company and Stryker that’s a little more decentralized in some of the back office support. It’s got three facilities that have to be brought over from Boston Scientific to Stryker, and I think we originally stated this would be a two to two and half year acquisition integration, and we’re pretty much right on track with that. Now, obviously, as we go country-by-country, there is different regulatory approval pathways, some of those are on line, some of those stretch out. Those don’t materially impact the selling revenue. What they do impact is employees who are waking up every day, saying at some point I’d become a Stryker employee, and so we’re very sensitive to that. For the business, we feel very good about the business. The Target coil and detachment system rolled out early in the year. We’ve effectively got a global launch at this point, having recently introduced that to the Japanese market which was really our final core market there. So, I think we feel really good about the team at NV and what they are doing on a global basis and how they are both going out and winning in the commercial market while dealing with the challenges that are inherent with every integration.
Operator: Michael Matson, Mizuho Securities USA.
Michael Matson - Mizuho Securities USA: I have question just regarding the ischemic stroke market and the Concentric Medical acquisition; I understand that they’re studying their new Trevo product, but I’m just wondering what’s really kind of held that market back because their sales so far have been somewhat disappointing?
Katherine A. Owen - VP, Strategy and IR: I guess a couple of comments. The big part of the rationale behind that acquisition was our excitement around the ischemic market. The use of device-based innovation for ischemic is the very, very early stages. So, they have launched in some markets outside the U.S., but candidly, part of the rationale for becoming part of Stryker is to have the considerable benefit we bring from sales and distribution capabilities that they were not able to tap into just given their size. So, we’re really excited about the pipeline there and the potential we see and the early adoption quite frankly.
Michael Matson - Mizuho Securities USA: Then just one question on the share count; I’m sorry if you’ve already given this but given the buyback, what share count should we be modeling for the fourth quarter and the full year?
Curt Hartman - VP and CFO: Let me get back to you on that one. I don’t have that right in front of me.
Operator: Derrick Sung, Sanford Bernstein.
Derrick Sung - Sanford C. Bernstein & Co., LLC: Starting with a higher level strategic question; the markets are clearly slowing, you’re facing an environment of increasing cost pressures; some of it maybe cyclical, but I think no one would argue that some – a good portion of it is secular in nature. Given that context, have you thought about or you know what are the opportunities to further reduce your cost structure, and in particular, I’m thinking about your selling cost by perhaps altering your selling model here in the U.S. to something more similar to like what you are doing in Europe. Is that possible at all or is that just kind of out of the realm of possibilities at this point in time?
Curt Hartman - VP and CFO: Derrick, you should assume we are constantly looking at all kind of options and we operate with different models within our company. Our MedSurg businesses are different that the orthopaedic implant businesses and they give us different avenues to call upon and I think actually creates a competitive strength for us to think about some different models. We’ve got some lower gross margin businesses with lower SG&A that still deliver very good operating margins and we kind of know how to play different ways, and you should be assured we’re thinking along those lines as we head forward.
Derrick Sung - Sanford C. Bernstein & Co., LLC: Then I guess turning to your international markets it sounded like what’s kind of keeping some of the growth going right now is your Asian sales and your emerging markets there and you’re seeing the continued weakness in Europe. I guess, could you kind of split each of those to apart and how much of that the emerging markets benefit that you’re seeing, or the Asian markets benefit that you’re seeing how much of that is transient versus sustainable and then if you can give us maybe a little bit more detail on how bad is Europe really is it getting worse and maybe some examples of what you’re seeing there?
Stephen P. MacMillan - Chairman, President and CEO: I’ll take it on a big picture basis; we’ve got a lot of really good things going on in our international markets beyond emerging markets. Our Japan business, Australia, Canada, a lot of our businesses are really performing very, very nicely right now. I’d say as you think about our international business we got to think about is Europe from both a market standpoint as well as some of our own issues. We can do a little bit better than that, that’s a clear focal point and emerging markets from a growth standpoint that we’re focused on sustainable growth as we go into those markets and we probably been a little more cautious, but again, trying to build for the long-term not just going in and grabbing tenders or this or that in certain markets. So we were very much building to the longhaul as we always do within this company.
Operator: Vivian Cervantes, Kaufman Bros.
Vivian Cervantes - Kaufman Bros.: I wanted to drill down a little bit more on beds and the performance in medical, understanding the move towards increased efficiency and hospitals wanting to invest in that. Can you drill down a little bit on what the minutia might be? Is it the helping nurses out a little bit? Is it a reimbursement related? Is it quality and compliance anything that will give us something to bite on to on what increase positions you means?
Stephen P. MacMillan - Chairman, President and CEO: Really combinations of all of the (VNH). Certainly some of the way we put – some of the software into the beds, there is great opportunities for nurses to operate things more efficiently, but also the never events. We’re helping to reduce never events which from a reimbursement standpoint as you know under the new healthcare laws and everything else for hospitals is a big deal and there is still a lot of hospitals with very outdated beds and stretchers that we’re clearly capitalizing on.
Vivian Cervantes - Kaufman Bros.: My last question heading into North American Spine Society, you do have that new lateral products, wondering what else we should keep an eye out for particularly from the Orthovita side with some of the new products I think that they may have recently introduced or even pipeline products that maybe coming out?
Stephen P. MacMillan - Chairman, President and CEO: I think you wanted to see if there, but in the meantime obviously the latter in Orthovita, a couple of our big things.
Operator: Jason Wittes, Caris & Company
Jason Wittes - Caris & Company: Actually I would like to attack on to the medical question about beds, is that specifically new products that you’re offering or is it just the new sales approach where you’re basically going in there, and sort of doing an economic calculation to take advantage of new reimbursement rules?
Stephen P. MacMillan - Chairman, President and CEO: Its primary product and I would say the ‘08, ‘09 downturn taught us how to probably sell better and sell value. So, it’s a bit of both, Jason as well as frankly Gaymar and selling surfaces along with our frames now. We used to sell the frames without really the surface revenue.
Jason Wittes - Caris & Company: Then in terms of Ascent which is also part of that segment I believe, are you focused on reprocessing your own products or have you sort of opened it up for pretty much anything that you can handle?
Katherine A. Owen - VP, Strategy and IR: Remember, Jason at the time of that acquisition, the vast majority well over 95% of the revenue that they were achieving was from products that had nothing to do with Stryker. So, there are some Stryker reprocessed products and we do think longer term there is opportunity to leverage our MedSurg offering, but the bulk – the vast majority of what they reprocess is not Stryker.
Operator: Charles Chon, Stifel.
Charles Chon - Stifel Nicolaus: First question is just a follow-up on pricing. So, I can appreciate that there are some moving parts as the company plans 2012 and why wouldn’t want to provide a glimpse into next year. But the things that we do know, can you verify for me whether the biennial reimbursement cuts in Japan are expected to take effect in 2012?
Stephen P. MacMillan - Chairman, President and CEO: Yes.
Charles Chon - Stifel Nicolaus: And that would come in the April timeframe?
Stephen P. MacMillan - Chairman, President and CEO: Usually yes.
Charles Chon - Stifel Nicolaus: Then the second question is, I’d like to dig a little more into the performance of Spine. We were expecting a significant contribution from just the Orthovita acquisition. Maybe you could just give us a little bit more color as to what exactly happened during the quarter there?
Curt Hartman - VP and CFO: I think the Orthovita acquisition performed as we expected. My comments were more specific to Spine as it relates to the metal, the implant piece of that business. So, I think we feel very good about Orthovita, broadly speaking, because as we said in our acquisition announcement, that product offering would be sold by multiple parts of Stryker’s selling organization, be it Cortoss, Vitoss, Vitagel, and we’ve in fact done that and feel very good about our distribution patterns right now across all of those franchises. I think as it relates specifically to the Spine business and our hardware franchise, it was a little tougher going in the third quarter than what we had anticipated and it’s probably a combination of both some market dynamics and perhaps some self induced factors. So, we’re disappointed with that growth rate overall, excited about the lateral access fusion product in reenergizing that organization?
Operator: Matthew O'Brien, William Blair.
Matthew O'Brien - William Blair & Company, L.L.C.: Just curious on the trauma business that was again pretty strong on an organic basis in the quarter. I know you said last quarter that there were some exuberance around Memometal, really driving that performance. Are we seeing a carryover of that affect or are you seeing some benefit from the proposed Synthes, J&J deal, just some more granularity on that performance will be helpful?
Stephen P. MacMillan - Chairman, President and CEO: Yeah, I think it’s actually neither. I think it’s just the core blocking and tackling still of our trauma franchise. I think that team has been winning really frankly for five or six years now and continuing to have good momentum there. There is some excitement around the Memometal acquisition and that helped the overall numbers, but the core trauma business still posted some good growth, and I think the Memometal is a nice -- certainly a nice add-on and we’re excited about where that will be going for us. On the J&J, Synthes thing, I think it’s still too early to really tell and we know there are going to be a formidable force.
Matthew O'Brien - William Blair & Company, L.L.C.: Then the follow-up question I had; Steve, six, seven straight quarters now of some pretty accelerated R&D spending. When should we start to see some more of this new product flow? I don’t know if you want to call it a bolus of new products coming out, but when should we start to see more and more of those products coming in and how would you characterize them; would you say they are more product iterations, I know there are some M&A additional spend associated with the deals that you’ve been doing, but would it be more product iterations or additive, you know, new products adding to the bag?
Stephen P. MacMillan - Chairman, President and CEO: It will be a bit of both and I think obviously as we come into 2012, you’ll see some new things coming, but a lot of the – we talk a lot about hitting a lot of singles and doubles. We’re certainly making some other investments, but it should be the stuff that we’ve been really good at.
Operator: Rajeev Jashnani, UBS.
Rajeev Jashnani - UBS: Gross margin is 68%, about the way we should be thinking about it for the fourth quarter and then in the past I think you’ve talked about gradually increasing gross margins over time and I was just wondering if that was contingent on ‘normalized recon growth’ or is there an opportunity in the near to intermediate term to see gross expansion based on mix or perhaps other efficiency initiatives that might be underway?
Curt Hartman - VP and CFO: So the gross margin in the third quarter was 68% adjusting for all the acquisition related costs. I mean I think going back to the second quarter at the end of that call or somewhere during that call, we said that we anticipated gross margins to be the 68% to 68.5% range as it relates to full year, and I think we’re still comfortable with that guidance. As it relates to gross margins longer term, my commentary in the gross margin discussion was around our operational focus and looking at everything from procurement cost, material cost, manufacturing cost independent of which franchise the product falls into, and really as the company, this is our first time taken a hard look broadly speaking at our manufacturing operations. So, that’s what gives us confidence if there is a lot of opportunity in the years ahead. Again keeping in mind as the business expands be it into emerging markets or there is additional cost pressure which everybody likes to talk about, we may need those gross margin points to offset that, we may want to fuel those gross margin gains into R&D or other areas of investments for the business. So I think are walk-in around sense is gross margin expansion remains an opportunity in the quarters and years ahead. Keeping in mind, we have areas of investments within manufacturing that do influence gross margin, and so I don’t want to lock people into this steady stair step, we’re going to manage the business across the entirety of the P&L and strategically make investments where we believe they are most important at a given point in time.
Rajeev Jashnani - UBS: if I can follow-up up on SG&A, it’s sort of a similar question, but SG&A margin held flat year-to-date inclusive of a lot of things going on at the company, would you expect to see some leverage there going forward I guess particularly in ‘12?
Curt Hartman - VP and CFO: I think we’re very focused broadly speaking on financial discipline across the company, and whether that’s in SG&A or a gross margins we’re taking a hard look at every dollar we spend and how we spend it and whether there is leverage opportunities across multiple parts of the Company or our shared services opportunities, things of that nature. So, we continue to look and be very diligent ensuring that we don’t disrupt the culture of this Company that’s made so great over time.
Operator: Steven Lichtman, Oppenheimer & Company.
Steven Lichtman - Oppenheimer & Company: Two questions, first is the Company taking advantage of your diversity versus some of your peers in terms of getting more hospital business and certainly more talk about approaching the C-suite more broadly. Can you talk about how guys are getting synergy across your business lines and then I have a follow-up?
Stephen P. MacMillan - Chairman, President and CEO: Steve, I’d say we’re still on the very early innings of that. I think we’ve been building the capabilities to do that, but there is still a lot of our businesses are still hand-to-hand combat down in the operating rooms. So, I think what you should think is, we’re positioning ourselves for when that day really comes, and think we’re well poised to capitalize on that. We’re having some discussions with certain hospital systems on that, but I would call it, very early innings.
Steven Lichtman - Oppenheimer & Company: Then on MedSurg, the EU markets obviously soft today your exposure there in MedSurg is small which is good today, but when should we think about international expansion for MedSurg being a growth driver for Stryker in the coming years?
Stephen P. MacMillan - Chairman, President and CEO: I think it has – other than this quarter, really for the last couple of years, endo and instruments business has been growing pretty nicely outside the U.S. and they continue to win a lot of the market. So, I think you should expect those to grow pretty nicely here and probably be growing faster than some of the domestic markets for a good period. There’s always going to be some quarterly bounces as you well know from knowing our MedSurg businesses as well over the years.
Operator: Jeff Johnson, Robert Baird.
Jeff Johnson - Robert W. Baird: Curt, just wanted to follow-up on maybe Charlie’s question on the spinal implant side; you described that as maybe some self induced issues as well as market driven. Do you feel like there was a step up at all in payer push back issues and some of the commercial payer issues, and on the self-induced side, was it product driven -- I know you’ve lost some sales reps there over the last few quarters, anymore color you could provide there?
Curt Hartman - VP and CFO: I don’t think we saw a meaningful change in payer pushback. I think that’s been tough going back to the fourth quarter of 2009. So, there is not a new dynamic there. I think again the self induced challenges are more the right products, the organization waiting for products and getting encouraged about our lateral access device getting out, but the self induced stuff is probably internal execution and before we wrap-up I do want to get back on the share count question. We finished the quarter at 386 million shares, so I think people from a modeling purpose should use that for the fourth quarter and then again heading into 2012.
Jeff Johnson - Robert W. Baird: Then my follow-up, Steve, just for you on organic growth. I know you don’t want to get into 2012 guidance, understandable at this point, but is it fair to think as Target and some of these roll off from being acquisition to then in your organic growth number, even if your end markets, especially ortho implants don’t really change at this point, if they kind of stay in that low single-digit growth range, your natural company-wide organic growth maybe picks up a half to a point, maybe even a little more than that next year just based on some of these higher growth areas now layering into the organic side.
Stephen P. MacMillan - Chairman, President and CEO: I think we would probably hope that, Jeff, and again we will give that guidance in early January. And to that end, we want to thank everybody for joining us today and we will report our fourth quarter results and talk about 2012 on January 24. So, thank you everybody for joining us today.
Operator: Thank you for your participation in today’s conference. This concludes the presentation. You may now disconnect your lines. Good day.