Abbott Laboratories 8-K 2005
SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
WASHINGTON, D. C. 20549
Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of the
Securities Exchange Act of 1934
January 18, 2005
Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported)
(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)
100 Abbott Park Road
Abbott Park, Illinois 60064-6400
(Address of principal executive offices)(Zip Code)
Registrants telephone number, including area code: (847) 937-6100
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Item 2.02 Results of Operations and Financial Condition.
On January 18, 2005, Abbott Laboratories announced its results of operations for the fourth quarter and full year of 2004.
Furnished as Exhibit 99.1, and incorporated herein by reference, is the news release issued by Abbott announcing those results. In that news release, Abbott uses various non-GAAP financial measures including, among others: earnings from continuing operations excluding one-time charges and diluted earnings per common share from continuing operations excluding one-time charges. These non-GAAP financial measures adjust for factors that are unusual or unpredictable. Abbotts management believes the presentation of these non-GAAP financial measures provides useful information to investors regarding Abbotts results of operations as these non-GAAP financial measures allow investors to better evaluate ongoing business performance. Abbotts management also uses these non-GAAP financial measures internally to monitor performance of the businesses. Abbott, however, cautions investors to consider these non-GAAP financial measures in addition to, and not as a substitute for, financial measures prepared in accordance with GAAP.
Item 9.01 Financial Statements and Exhibits.
This exhibit is furnished pursuant to Item 2.02 hereof and should not be deemed to be filed under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934.
Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.