Abbott’s Momentum Continues in First Quarter of 2024

Company marks five consecutive quarters of double-digit organic sales growth in base business, raises midpoint of full-year guidance ranges.

Strategy and Strength|Apr.17, 2024

Abbott’s diverse business model and robust product pipeline continued to drive strong performance in 2024, with first-quarter results prompting the company to raise the midpoint of its full-year guidance ranges.

Global sales for the quarter topped analyst estimates and reached $10 billion, up 10.8% on an organic basis1 for the underlying base business2. Reported sales increased 2.2%, which includes the anticipated decline in COVID-19 testing-related revenue versus the previous year. Abbott’s adjusted diluted earnings per share was $0.98 (GAAP diluted EPS was $0.70), also beating analyst estimates.

Based on the company’s strong performance so far this year, Abbott narrowed its full-year 2024 EPS guidance range. Abbott now projects full-year adjusted diluted EPS of $4.55 to $4.70 and full-year 2024 diluted EPS under GAAP of $3.25 to $3.40, which represents an increase at the midpoint of the range.

Abbott also narrowed its full-year 2024 organic sales growth guidance range, excluding COVID-19 testing-related sales, to 8.5% to 10%, which represents an increase at the midpoint of the range3.

First-quarter growth was led by Medical Devices (up 14.3% organic; 14.2% reported), with FreeStyle Libre sales growing 23.3% on an organic basis (22.4% reported) to $1.5 billion. Additional growth came from Established Pharmaceuticals (up 13.7% organic; 3.1% reported), Nutrition (up 7.7% organic; 5.1% reported) and Diagnostics (up 5.4% organic; 2.7% reported).

Q1 Business Highlights

  • In January, Abbott launched the PROTALITY brand, a new high-protein nutrition shake to support the growing number of adults interested in pursuing weight loss while maintaining muscle mass.
  • In February, Insulet's Omnipod4 5 automated insulin delivery system received CE Mark approval to be offered as an integrated solution with Abbott's FreeStyle Libre 2 Plus sensor for treating diabetes.
  • In March, Abbott completed enrollment in the company's Volt CE Mark clinical study, which is designed to evaluate the VoltTM Pulsed Field Ablation (PFA) System for treating patients with heart rhythm disorders such as atrial fibrillation (AFib). Enrollment in the company's VOLT-AF IDE clinical study was initiated in April.
  • In April, Abbott announced U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval of TriClip, a first-of-its-kind, minimally invasive repair device for patients with tricuspid regurgitation, or a leaky tricuspid heart valve.
  • In April, Abbott announced FDA clearance of the i-STAT TBI cartridge, which uses whole blood to help assess a person, 18 years old or older, with a suspected traumatic brain injury (TBI) or concussion and obtain lab-quality results in approximately 15 minutes. This newly cleared test can be performed outside of traditional hospital settings and can be used up to 24 hours after injury, increasing access and impact for patients.

For full financial data and reconciliation of non-GAAP measures, you can read Abbott’s full press release .

For more information, view a summary of Abbott’s earnings highlights and download it here.


1Organic sales growth excludes the impact of foreign exchange, the impact of exiting the pediatric nutrition business in China and the impact of acquiring Cardiovascular Systems, Inc.
2Excludes impact of COVID-19 testing-related sales. 
3Abbott has not provided the related GAAP financial measure for organic sales growth, excluding COVID-19 testing-related sales, on a forward-looking basis because the company is unable to predict with reasonable certainty the impact of foreign exchange due to the unpredictability of future changes in foreign exchange rates, which could significantly impact reported sales growth. In addition, as the COVID-19 pandemic has shifted to an endemic state, the company has determined that it is unable to predict with reasonable certainty future COVID-19 test sales due to the unpredictability of demand for Covid-19 tests.
4Omnipod is a registered trademark of Insulet Corp.

Forward-Looking Statements

Some statements in this news release may be forward-looking statements for purposes of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Abbott cautions that these forward-looking statements are subject to risks and uncertainties that may cause actual results to differ materially from those indicated in the forward-looking statements. Economic, competitive, governmental, technological and other factors that may affect Abbott’s operations are discussed in Item 1A, "Risk Factors" in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2023, and are incorporated herein by reference. Abbott undertakes no obligation to release publicly any revisions to forward-looking statements as a result of subsequent events or developments, except as required by law.




Failure to use FreeStyle Libre systems as instructed in labeling may result in missing a severe low or high glucose event and/or making a treatment decision, resulting in injury. If glucose reading and alarms (if enabled) do not match symptoms or expectations, use a fingerstick value from a blood glucose meter for treatment decisions. Seek medical attention when appropriate or contact Abbott at 855-632-8658 or for safety info.


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The TriClip™ G4 System is indicated for improving quality of life and functional status in patients with symptomatic severe tricuspid regurgitation despite optimal medical therapy, who are at intermediate or greater risk for surgery and in whom transcatheter edge-to-edge valve repair is clinically appropriate and is expected to reduce tricuspid regurgitation severity to moderate or less, as determined by a multidisciplinary heart team.


The TriClip G4 System is contraindicated in patients with the following conditions: Intolerance, including allergy or untreatable hypersensitivity, to procedural anticoagulation; Untreatable hypersensitivity to implant components (nickel-titanium alloy, cobalt-chromium alloy); Active endocarditis or other active infection of the tricuspid valve. POTENTIAL


The following events have been identified as possible complications of the TriClip™ G4 Procedure. Allergic reactions or hypersensitivity to latex, contrast agent, anaesthesia, device materials and drug reactions to anticoagulation, or antiplatelet drugs; Additional treatment / surgery from device-related complications; Bleeding; Blood disorders (including coagulopathy, hemolysis, and Heparin Induced Thrombocytopenia (HIT)); Cardiac arrhythmias (including conduction disorders, atrial arrhythmias, ventricular arrhythmias); Cardiac ischemic conditions (including myocardial infarction, myocardial ischemia, and unstable / stable angina); Cardiac perforation; Cardiac tamponade; Chest pain; Death; Dyspnea; Edema; Embolization (device or components of the device); Endocarditis; Fever or hyperthermia; Fluoroscopy, Transesophageal echocardiogram (TEE) and Transthoracic echocardiogram (TTE) -related complications: Skin injury or tissue changes due to exposure to ionizing radiation, Esophageal irritation, Esophageal perforation, Gastrointestinal bleeding; Hypotension / hypertension; Infection including: Septicemia; Nausea / vomiting; Pain; Pericardial effusion; Stroke / Cerebrovascular accident (CVA) and Transient Ischemic Attack (TIA); System organ failure: Cardio-respiratory arrest, Worsening heart failure, Pulmonary congestion, Respiratory dysfunction / failure / atelectasis, Renal insufficiency or failure, Shock (including cardiogenic and anaphylactic); Thrombosis; Tricuspid valve complications, which may complicate or prevent later surgical repair, including: Chordal entanglement / rupture, Single Leaflet Device Attachment (SLDA), Dislodgement of previously implanted devices, Tissue damage, Tricuspid valve stenosis, Worsening, Persistent or residual regurgitation; Vascular access complications which may require additional intervention, including: Wound dehiscence, Bleeding of the access site, Arteriovenous fistula, pseudoaneurysm, aneurysm, dissection, perforation / rupture, vascular occlusion, Embolism (air, thrombus), Peripheral nerve injury; Venous thromboembolism (including deep vein thrombosis, pulmonary embolism). CAUTION: Product(s) intended for use by or under the direction of a physician. Prior to use, reference to the Instructions for Use, inside the product carton (when available) or at for more detailed information on Indications, Contraindications, Warnings, Precautions and Adverse Events.