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OMI earnings call for the period ending December 31, 2020.

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Owens & Minor Inc (OMI 2.75%)
Q4 2020 Earnings Call
Feb 24, 2021, 8:30 a.m. ET

Contents:

  • Prepared Remarks
  • Questions and Answers
  • Call Participants

Prepared Remarks:

Operator

Ladies and gentlemen, thank you for standing by, and welcome to the Owens & Minor Fourth Quarter and Full year 2020 Earnings Conference Call. [Operator Instructions] Please be advised that today's conference is being recorded. [Operator Instructions] I would now like to hand the conference over to Chandrika Nigam, Director, Investor Relations. Ms. Nigam, you may begin.

Chandrika Nigam -- Director, Finance and Investor Relations

Thank you, operator. Hello, everyone, and welcome to Owens & Minor Fourth Quarter and Full year 2020 Earnings Call. Our comments on the call will be focused on financial results for the fourth quarter and full year of 2020, our ongoing efforts to the COVID-19 pandemic and our outlook for 2021, all of which are included in today's press release. I'd also like to call your attention to supplemental slides related to our 2021 outlook posted on our website in the Investor Relations section. Please note that certain statements made on this call are forward-looking statements, which are subject to risks and uncertainties. These forward-looking statements are intended to qualify for the safe harbor from liability established by the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. All statements made on this call today, other than statements of historical facts, are forward-looking statements and include statements regarding our anticipated financial and operational performance. Forward-looking statements made on this call represent management's current expectations and are based on information available at the time such statements are made. Forward-looking statements involve numerous known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause our actual results to differ materially from any results predicted, assumed or implied by the forward-looking statements. The company has explained some of these risks and uncertainties in its SEC filings included in the Risk Factors section of its annual report under Form 10-K and quarterly reports on Form 10-Q. Except as required by law or listing rules of New York Stock Exchange, the company expressly disclaims any intent or obligation to update any forward-looking statements. Additionally, in our discussion today, we will reference certain non-GAAP financial measures. And information about these measures and reconciliations to the most comparable GAAP financial measures are included in our press release and our annual report on Form 10-K. Today, I'm joined by Ed Pesicka, our President and Chief Executive Officer; and Andy Long, our Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. I would now like to turn the call over to Ed, who will start things off. Ed?

Edward A. Pesicka -- President and Chief Executive Officer

Thank you, Chandrika. Good morning, everyone, and thank you for joining us on the call today. I'd like to start by thanking all the clinicians and frontline workers that continue to care for those in need in the face of this unrelenting pandemic. I would also like to thank the Owens & Minor teammates as I am extremely proud of their monumental effort during 2020 and their relentless focus on serving our customers. This effort and focus has reinforced our position in the healthcare industry as a trusted partner by delivering on our mission of Empowering our Customers to Advance Healthcare. In addition, I am extremely pleased to be here today and report another strong quarter and close out of a record year. The strong performance in the quarter as well as the full year was a result of the successful execution and implementation of the key initiatives discussed during the previous quarterly earnings calls, which included two major items: one, infrastructure investments, with a focus on current and long-term profitable growth; and two, operational improvements, with a focus on enhancing the customer experience and increasing operating efficiencies. Starting with our Global Products segment, let me remind you of the infrastructure investments and operational improvements we shared previously during the past year. At a high level, we expanded our manufacturing output to align with the volume commitments of our customers. Here are just a few examples of these investments and operational improvements: one, the installation of new N95 production lines in our U.S.-based manufacturing facilities; two, we added nonwoven fabric manufacturing in our Lexington, North Carolina facility; three, we continued to expand our isolation and surgical gown production capacity; and four, we optimized the operational process to maximize output of the production lines.

These investments and operational improvements enabled us to strengthen our position as one of the world's largest vertically integrated manufacturer of healthcare PPE. We manufacture a full range of healthcare PPE categories and subcategories, primarily manufactured in the Americas. These products are manufactured in our factories with our teammates, with our technology, with our fabric, with our patents, with our processes and with our quality and regulatory oversight. And then they're delivered through our network of distribution centers, with our teammates and our technologies. Along those lines, let me remind you of the infrastructure investments and operational improvements we shared previously during the past year related to our Global Solutions segment. One, we expanded our low-unit-of-measure warehouse infrastructure system. Two, we improved our inventory planning processes and algorithms. Three, we enhanced our data management service offering through QSight and the launching of myOM. We improved our B2B and B2C offerings in our home healthcare business. And lastly, we optimized the operational process to continue to improve our controllable service metrics. The combination of these investments and operational improvements in our Global Products and our Global Solutions segment continue to strengthen our position in supporting our customers across the entire value chain, with our products and our distribution network delivering what is needed to both the hospital as well as the home, while utilizing our services and data management to increase customer efficiency. The compelling results in Q4 and the full year of 2020 were driven by these investments and operational improvements, along with the dedication of our teammates and our overall commitment to enhancing the customer experience. Let me now share a few items from Q4 that validate our solid results. One, we achieved an increase of nearly 400% in adjusted net income per share compared to the fourth quarter in 2019. Two, we realized an increase of more than 200% in adjusted operating income versus the fourth quarter of the prior year. Three, we expanded our Q4 adjusted operating margins by 340 basis points versus the prior year. Four, we launched and successfully executed an upsized follow-on equity offering of nearly $200 million. Five, we reduced the debt by over $300 million in the fourth quarter.

Six, and specifically related to Global Solutions segment, we grew revenue by 5% sequentially from Q3 to Q4, while maintaining industry-leading service levels. Seven, specifically related to Global Products segment, we grew revenue by 21% sequentially from Q3 to Q4. And since the beginning of the year, we manufactured record levels of PPE with approximately five billion units produced, with materials manufactured in our American factories or Owens & Minor-owned facilities. Eight, we generated operating cash flow of $71 million as a result of the increased earnings and working capital improvements. And lastly, we continued to make investments in infrastructure, service and technology. As you can tell, the fourth quarter was a remarkable close to 2020. It is, in fact, an extension of our track record of strong performance during the entire year. Here are some of the highlights from the full year of 2020. One, for the full year, adjusted EPS increased 265% from $0.62 to $2.26. Two, we continued the trend of recording year-over-year gross margin expansion, with gross margin expanding by 285 basis points. Three, we more than doubled our operating cash flow to $339 million as a result of increased earnings and working capital improvements. Four, we paid down debt by $534 million during the year, and it should be noted that we have reduced debt by more than $700 million over the past seven quarters. Five, we achieved year-over-year gross margin expansion in every quarter of 2020, making it seven consecutive quarters of year-over-year gross margin expansion. Six, we generated positive operating cash flow in every quarter of 2020, also making it seven consecutive quarters of positive operating cash flow. Next, we delivered year-over-year adjusted EPS growth on a constant currency basis in every quarter of 2020, making it five consecutive quarters of year-over-year adjusted EPS growth on a constant currency basis. And finally, we reached a milestone in the COVID-19 fight, with nearly 12 billion units of PPE delivered during the year. Look, I'm extremely pleased with our incredible results in 2020, which signify our stellar operating performance across the board.

It is our Americas owned and operated facilities, along with the strong distribution network, that provides Owens & Minor with the unique ability to support the entire value chain. This differentiates us and puts us in a strong position for long-term profitable growth. Let me now shift to 2021 and focus on the areas that will shape the year and the future of Owens & Minor. These areas of focus will be investments, operational improvements and financial strength. Let me begin with financial strength. During 2020, we significantly deleveraged our balance sheet, implemented sustainable operational improvements and made investments for growth. We expect 2021 to be an extension of these actions, enabling continued deleveraging of the balance sheet and profit improvement. As a result of the deleveraging achieved in 2020, we now have greater latitude to make investments in our business for future growth. So moving on to investments. We will focus our investments on both organic and inorganic growth. Our investment strategy will remain disciplined, and we'll continue to focus on infrastructure, technology and operational improvements. Our organic growth investments will consist of: one, product portfolio expansion within our PPE, surgical infection and prevention categories and subcategories; two, product portfolio expansion outside of our PPE, surgical infection and prevention categories and subcategories; three, expansion into new verticals that utilize our product portfolio and expanded product portfolio; four, enhanced technology, utilizing the data and services we provide to our customers; five, harnessing our enterprisewide offerings to further enhance our customer experience; and six, complete the build-out of our continuous improvement team. Related to inorganic growth investments, our focus will be primarily on portfolio and end-market expansions. Let me now discuss operational improvements. We have begun the implementation of the Owens & Minor business system that is an enterprisewide business discipline consisting of the following: one, continuous improvement, continuous improvement, which is focused on delivering an enhanced customer experience while providing efficiency, improved output and financial achievements; two, standard management systems, which is based on definable metrics that will be measured and evaluated; and finally, program management, which will be utilized for alignment and execution of our strategic priorities and key initiatives.

The Owens & Minor business system is the next step in the formalization of the actions utilized over the past two years to significantly improve our medical distribution service levels, to increase our manufacturing output to record levels, to develop and implement new technology and to deliver our strong performance. Let me now close with our 2021 outlook. First, we expect a strong momentum from Q4 to carry into 2021 related to the demand for our manufactured PPE. Secondly, we expect elective procedures to continue to improve throughout the year. And finally, we expect continued increase in demand for our home healthcare business, which is positioned well in one of the fastest-growing healthcare market segments. As I have discussed earlier, we had a strong fourth quarter and successful 2020. And I'm immensely proud of our accomplishments and the dedication of the Owens & Minor teammates. And we expect this momentum to continue into 2021. It is clear that our robust operational execution, combined with strategic investments, have fueled increased output and improved efficiency across the entire business, thus enabling us to better serve our customers. Continuing with this approach as a foundation of our strategy, we are well positioned to address the needs of healthcare for years to come based on our strong value proposition. Accordingly, I am pleased to state that we expect 2021 adjusted earnings per share to be in the range of $3 to $3.50. Thank you. And I'll now turn the call over to Andy for a discussion of our financial results. Andy?

Andy Long -- Executive Vice President & Chief Financial Officer

Thank you, Ed, and good morning, everyone. I'm pleased to be here this morning to discuss the financial highlights of what has been an extraordinary year for Owens & Minor. Today, I'll review our fourth quarter and full year financial results as well as the key drivers for our better-than-expected quarterly and annual performance. Later in my remarks, I'll share details regarding our expectations for 2021. Clearly, we finished 2020 in a very strong fashion, with good revenue growth in the fourth quarter and exceptional increases in operating income and earnings per share. I'll elaborate on each of these next. For the quarter, revenue was $2.4 billion compared to $2.2 billion for the prior year. This represents 8% growth and was driven by greater sales of PPE across both segments as well as growth in sales in our home healthcare business line and stabilization of the Medical Distribution business. Elective procedures were better than expected, but overall continue to trail pre-pandemic levels. Gross margin in the fourth quarter was 16.9%, an improvement of 390 basis points over prior year as a result of higher-margin sales from our Global Products segment, driven by continuing PPE demand as well as an improved operating efficiency. For the full year, gross margin was up 285 basis points to 15.1%. Distribution, selling and administrative expense of $283 million in the current quarter was $29 million higher than in the fourth quarter of 2019 as a result of top line growth and ongoing investments across all business lines, net of productivity gains. Interest expense of $17 million in the fourth quarter was down 23% or $5 million versus the same period in the prior year. For the full year, interest expense was lower by 15% or $15 million. These improvements are the result of continued reduction in debt, along with lower base rates and utilization of our accounts receivable securitization program. Our strong execution in serving our customers, along with very high demand for PPE, growth in home healthcare and productivity gains across the company, led to very strong bottom line results. On a GAAP basis, income from continuing operations for the quarter was $51 million or $0.72 a share, and $88 million or $1.39 per share for the full year. Adjusted net income in the fourth quarter was $80 million, and adjusted EPS was $1.14, about a fivefold increase compared to the prior year. For the full year, adjusted income from continuing operations was $144 million, which equates to an adjusted EPS of $2.26, a significant increase from the $0.62 in 2019. Foreign currency impact on EPS for the fourth quarter was $0.06 favorable, and for full year 2020, it was $0.08 favorable.

Next, I'll discuss our fourth quarter highlights by segment. Global Solutions revenue was $1.95 billion compared to $1.94 billion in the fourth quarter of last year. This slight increase in revenue was due to growth in our home healthcare business, coupled with higher levels of PPE sold through Medical Distribution, partially offset by the negative impact of COVID-19 on elective procedures versus the prior year. The typical seasonal growth in this segment was muted by the pandemic. Operating income for the segment was $22 million compared to $19 million last year. Despite the negative impact of COVID-19, growth in home healthcare and our productivity and efficiency gains helped drive nice growth in bottom line operating results, particularly in the back half of the year. In our Global Products segment, net revenue in the fourth quarter was $575 million compared to $363 million last year, an increase of 58%, which was driven by growth in volume of PPE sales, slightly offset by the impact of lower elective procedures. Global Products operating income for the quarter was $100 million, more than a fourfold increase versus the $22 million in the prior year's fourth quarter. Higher revenue through capacity expansions for PPE products, productivity initiatives, favorable product mix and improved fixed cost leverage, as we ramped up production throughout the year, all contributed to the very strong improvement in performance. Foreign currency impact was favorable on a year-over-year basis by $5.4 million. Moving now to cash flow, the balance sheet and capital structure. In the quarter, we generated $71 million of operating cash flow. And for the full year, we generated $339 million of operating cash flow, which was more than two times the prior year. Increased profitability and disciplined working capital management were the primary drivers of the progress in this area. The strong cash flow was achieved despite our investment in a seasonal inventory build to ensure continuity of supply for our customers.

We expect cash flow to continue to be strong in 2021. During the course of 2020, we accomplished several milestones in our financial strategy. We strategically divested Movianto for $133 million to remain focused on our core assets and used the proceeds from the sale to pay down debt. We entered into an accounts receivable securitization program to provide additional lower-cost financing that enhances our financial flexibility. We issued new equity in an upsized offering, netting $190 million to strengthen our balance sheet. And finally, we fully retired our 2021 notes with cash, further reducing our debt. As a result, total debt was $1.03 billion at December 31, reflecting a significant reduction of 34% or $534 million during the year. As we exit 2020, our balance sheet is in very good shape, and our leverage is down to around three times EBITDA. Going forward, we intend to further deleverage the balance sheet, while we continue to reinvest in our businesses for future growth. In fact, in early January, we paid off the remainder of our term A loans. The work we did during the course of 2020 by deploying cash generated by the business to pay down debt, while maintaining ample liquidity, has helped to create a strong foundation to execute our growth strategy. Our success was recently rewarded with another credit upgrade by Moody's. We plan to further strengthen that foundation in 2021. Turning to guidance for the year. Earlier this morning, we announced our adjusted EPS guidance for 2021 in the range of $3 to $3.50 per share. Given the complexity and uncertainty of the markets we serve, I'd like to provide you with as much color as possible as I walk you through the assumptions that went into developing our guidance range. Starting with the top line. We expect revenue to be in the range of $9.2 billion to $9.7 billion, which is expected to be driven by several factors. The throughput from PPE-related capacity expansions will continue to benefit 2021. To date, demand for PPE remains very high, and we believe a great deal of runway remains due to post-COVID changes in practices and protocols in the healthcare industry. Also, throughout 2021, we will remain focused on driving productivity and increasing operating efficiency through existing and incremental capacity. New patient capture and growth from existing customers at Byram, our home healthcare business, will drive growth as investments toward improving B2B and B2C offerings pay off. Also, revenue will benefit from the number of elective procedures returning to pre-pandemic levels in the second half of the year.

We assume there will not be a repeat of shutdowns in elective procedures as we saw in Q2 of 2020. It's critically important to understand the final component of our revenue growth projection. During 2020, continuing into 2021, significant cost increases from glove producers are translating to higher-end user prices in the market. This is particularly true for the portion of gloves we don't produce in our own facilities. To date, we have successfully passed through these cost increases, which are reflected on the revenue line and should be noted for their extraordinary impact. Our revenue forecast for 2021 includes a glove cost pass-through in the range of $300 million to $500 million. However, there will be minimal bottom line impact resulting from this revenue lift. Gross margin rate is expected to be in the range of 14.9% to 15.4% in 2021 as we continue to expand our breadth and scale. The gross margin rate will be negatively impacted by the pass-through of glove cost increases as I just described. Distribution, selling and administrative expense is expected to trend higher than last year. Our ongoing investments in infrastructure, technology and services to enhance the customer experience, along with volume, is fueling this increase and should be partially self-funded with ongoing productivity efforts. With substantially lower debt, our interest expense will follow suit. We'll continue our drive to reduce leverage and plan to be in the range of two to 3 times. As a result, interest expense is expected to be between $60 million and $65 million for the year. Our guidance is based on a full year average diluted share count of 70.8 million, which includes the impact of issuing an incremental 9.7 million shares based on our equity offering from October. Let me talk about the market dynamics that frame our projection for 2021.

Based on our current line of sight, the 2020 trend of demand-supply imbalances in the PPE market are expected to continue in 2021. Looking ahead, we expect to benefit from PPE supply contracts that are multiyear in duration. We're increasingly confident that the post-pandemic demand for PPE will land above historic usage, but clearly below peak pandemic levels. It's also very important to understand the expected calendarization of earnings in 2021. The dynamics that helped drive our strong fourth quarter results remain in place heading into 2021. Given this momentum carrying into Q1, we do not expect to see the typical pattern of earnings throughout the year. Specifically, we expect Q1 earnings to be more in line with the back half of 2020. Please note that these key modeling assumptions for full year 2021 have been summarized on supplemental slides filed with the SEC on Form 8-K earlier today and posted to the Investor Relations section of our website. While I look back on our performance in 2020, it's one where we showcased our ability to adapt to changing customer needs and deliver really strong results. I also see a track record of consistently improving financial results that have positioned us well for the future. I'd like to close by thanking our global teammates for their resilience, dedication and performance during a year of unprecedented challenges. Thank you. And with that, I'll turn the call back over to the operator to begin the Q&A session. Operator?

Questions and Answers:

Operator

[Operator Instructions] I show our first question comes from the line of Michael Cherny from Bank of America. Please go ahead.

Michael Aaron Cherny -- Bank of America Securities -- Analyst

Good morning. Thanks for all the color, congratulations on a tremendous quarter and year across the board. Yes, I want to dive in a little bit to some of these views, in particular, on PPE and how you think about that. I think you mentioned the new levels above traditional. And I want to parse through a few comments you made on the course of the call, but you mentioned the dynamic of expanding your portfolio on both PPE and non-PPE for products as well as new verticals. Is there any sense you can give us in terms of how to think through that magnitude on what that new level of demand could be? Or if not that, maybe how to think through when we can start to see some of the visibility on some of those expansions that you have, both on the product and market side, and how that should factor in, particularly to your 2021 guidance?

Edward A. Pesicka -- President and Chief Executive Officer

Sure. Yes. This is Ed, Mike. Thanks for the comment, thanks for the question. Let me start and really frame out how we're thinking about it. First and foremost, we see the momentum that we saw in Q4, that strong momentum continuing right now into Q1 with the related PPE, and we have a really good line of sight into Q2 also. Then as you think about the back half of the year related to PPE, it's going to be somewhat fluid, but we don't expect the demand to roll back to pre-pandemic levels for quite some time. And here's some of the reasons why on that. First and foremost, it's the healthcare protocols that have been adopted. And if you think about that, they've been adopted now for nearly a year, and it's just in the way business is being done in the hospitals. It is a tremendous focus on infection prevention. So the utilization of that PPE is going to continue beyond the pandemic, is how we feel about that. Next, the opportunity we see in the back half and continuing even beyond that is really around stockpiling. There are a lot of states, whether it's federal government states, locals or even some hospitals themselves, setting criteria what they want from a stockpiling or a safety stock. We believe that's going to continue on for an extended period of time. As I'm talking about stockpiling, Mike, I also think about what's already in there. And I think about our customers, there was -- during the height of the pandemic, there were products that were approved for Emergency Use Authorization. There were products that may not have been traditionally medical-grade or medical brands that they were purchased, there's the opportunity as that's -- assume that stockpile to start to convert that over to great brands, like our Halyard brand of American-made product, to put into those stockpile and replace it.

Longer term on stockpiling, there's an expiration of those products. So there's an opportunity on that standpoint. The other way we think about it, too, is we have -- we've worked with our customers. Supply chain resiliency and continuity of supply has become critical for our partners and our customers. So we've worked with them for longer-term contracts that we -- as we've added lines, making sure there's dedicated production for them. That's the other thing that continues to extend the runway. It's probably unique to Owens & Minor because of our manufacturing footprint. And then onto the new product portfolio and new verticals. I think the way we think about that, Mike, is really, if you look at all of the PPEs today -- that we have today. Right now, we're focused on U.S. need. So there's the international market opportunities for us to expand, taking that existing portfolio and growing it outside of the U.S. There's industrial markets that use PPE that we can continue to provide for. So thinking about that modeling, that's really late 2021 and really starting to get the opportunity into 2022 as we're thinking about those additional verticals. And then the very similar thing, you take the fabric we use to make our masks. That fabric is used in many other healthcare products. So that vertical integration can continue to expand. And again, thinking about that into the late part of 2021 and really into 2022 on those types of expansions. So that's how we're thinking about that through the year as well as all the different factors. And I'll add one last one, Mike. If you think about N95, there was an authorization to reuse disposable N95s. And that may have made great sense when N95s were selling at prices significantly above historical prices, but those masks really were made for single use. And as hospitals take a look at that, there may be an opportunity when they stop reusing and resanitizing to start increasing the amount of usage of N95s because they stopped the process of reusing them because it becomes cross-prohibitive to reuse versus buying a new one.

And then the last thing I'll focus on is when you think about PPE demand, here's the other thing that we're really not in. So post pandemic, I can see consumer use of PPE going down. That's not what we sell into today. We're selling primarily into healthcare and then, obviously, as we expand it to beyond healthcare, again, into the business-to-business or in potentially industrial markets. So hopefully, that helps frame out how we're thinking about this.

Michael Aaron Cherny -- Bank of America Securities -- Analyst

Ed, that was a lot of great details on my overly rambling question. I'll try to be more concise with my second one. You mentioned the kickoff of some of the business process improvements. Can you just give us a sense on how that -- how your customers are starting to feel that already? And what type of feedback that you get from them as you pursue some of these process improvements and also to maximize the customer service opportunity?

Edward A. Pesicka -- President and Chief Executive Officer

Yes. So this is really the formalization, Mike, of what we've been doing the last two years and making it more of a repeatable process. Because the operational improvements we've made, we believe, are sustainable, and we believe will add value continuing, not just in fourth quarter of 2020 and Q3 of 2020, but all the way through 2021 and beyond. So some great examples of that around two areas. So we look at our shipping accuracy. This sounds -- may sound simple, but making sure the right products and the right box going to the right customer, that's now at above 99.9% because of the focus we've had on this and the continuous improvement. Another great example of that is on-time delivery, making sure we're optimizing our routes as well as the picking times. So now we're at 99-plus percent on-time delivery. If you look at another example that has been tremendous during the pandemic, it's focused on operational efficiency within our own facilities of manufacturing. How do we get more output? And I'll share with you -- while we don't share the numbers specifically, we've seen theoretical outputs double based on our ability to drive operating efficiencies through our production lines. And it's an effort across the entire organization, working with the manufacturing teammates on the shop floor who understand the equipment the best, who can help drive that operating efficiency and driving output. All of that has improved the customer experience because we have the ability to produce more products during the pandemic and continuing to get it to our customers, improve on-time delivery, improve the accuracy, and all of those things also help drive profit improvement or operating efficiencies within our own business. So those are a couple of three examples of what we've done with it, and those types of events will continue going forward.

Michael Aaron Cherny -- Bank of America Securities -- Analyst

Great. Thanks so much.

Operator

Thank you. I show our next question comes from the line of Kevin Caliendo from UBS. Please go ahead.

Kevin Caliendo -- UBS Investment Bank -- Analyst

Thanks, and thanks for taking my question. As we think about these growth drivers sort of at this -- in the second half of 2021 and into 2022, I think the one question a lot of us or a lot of investors have is -- was -- is 2021 sort of the peak for Owens & Minor? Your press release talks about a long-term growth prospects. Is it possible that you can grow earnings, operating earnings in 2022, '23, '24 off this space? I mean is that sort of the target and goal that the company has at this point? We know there's a little bit of a bolus here. We're just trying to understand how much and sort of what the run rate could be sort of exiting the first half of this year.

Edward A. Pesicka -- President and Chief Executive Officer

Yes. I think -- absolutely. First of all, Kevin, absolutely. The intention is year-over-year profitable growth, and that's the expectation. And that's why I thought it was important to share with you beyond PPE, why we think PPE is going to continue for an extended period of time through this year and really into index, that's really around the protocols and the opportunities we have. I think in addition to that, also explained to you, one of our strengths is manufacturing and focus on the ability of what makes us different is -- we actually manufacture a good portion of our products. We don't just have them sourced with our label on them. So a good portion of that PPE is manufactured, again, in our facilities, and it's expanding that manufacturing footprint into other products and other categories that healthcare needs. And we clearly have that defined. That's in process today. And -- but that is a process that does take time, which is why I talked about it late into 2021 and into 2022 on that. And then verticals, frankly, Owens & Minor, historically, has been somewhat -- probably the word would be myopic, focused primarily on healthcare with our products. We're not going to lose that focus, and we're not going to lose that commitment. But having great brands, like our Halyard brands, there's opportunities for that to serve in other markets, whether that's retail, whether that's other industrial markets and, frankly, growing internationally too. So that's how we're thinking about to drive long-term sustainable growth, with investments on focused around that into 2021, 2022, 2023 and 2024 and continuing. That's the expectation. And that was really the basis of our long-term strategic plan. And I'll share with you, you'll see a lot more of this at our Investor Day in May when we start to talk about some of the innovation in products and packaging and how the various markets can demand those.

Kevin Caliendo -- UBS Investment Bank -- Analyst

That's great. I don't want this to get lost in what was obviously fantastic results, but the solutions margins were meaningfully above us and The Street in 4Q. And I'm wondering if there was anything specific to that? If that's sort of the new run rate for solutions going forward, how much leverage your PP&E expertise is helping on the solutions side in terms of either customer wins or sell-through on the margin?

Edward A. Pesicka -- President and Chief Executive Officer

Yes. So here's what's really driving that. And I would tell you, I'm extremely pleased and excited what the teammates did in our Global Solutions business. So there's a couple of different factors. First, if you think about it from a growth standpoint, there are several things that drove the growth. Obviously, elective procedures, sequentially, continue to improve. PPE throughput, through our own channel, continue to improve. We had -- and we had net new wins in 2020. The amount of new wins we implemented was a positive net new wins, and I don't know how long it has been since we've been able to say that. If you take that and you talked -- I talked about our operational improvements, the Owens & Minor business system that we were using and now we're formalizing, that drove operational improvements in 2019 and through 2020. We expect those operational improvements to be sustainable. In addition to that, the business is relatively simple. It's a fixed-cost leverage distribution business. The more volume we can put through, the more products we can put on our trucks, we're able to get that fixed cost leverage in addition to the operational improvements. So those are a lot of the factors that drove that and why we expect that to continue. In addition to that, the segment also has our Byram home healthcare patient direct business. And that's a business that is executing extremely well, and it has, for the last several years. It's in a different industry segment, it's in the home healthcare segment, one of the fastest-growing segments, and the same thing with that. We're very effective driving operational improvements in that business. We're driving nice growth in that business, again, in one of the fastest-growing market segments. And the thing that that business does well is its ability to collect. It has the ability to impact 85% of insured Americans and also collect -- or collect from them also. So those are the reasons why we saw in our Global Solutions 5% increase in revenue, sequentially, from Q3 to Q4. We doubled our -- sequentially, we've doubled our operating margin, our operating income margin, and really a 16% year-over-year growth in operating income in the fourth quarter. So it's that top line growth, driven -- combined with our ability to drive operational improvements and get fixed cost leverage, as well as the ability to -- we see that continuing into the future.

Kevin Caliendo -- UBS Investment Bank -- Analyst

Great. Guys, thanks so much.

Operator

Thank you. I show our next question comes from the line of Jailendra Singh from Credit Suisse. Please go ahead.

Jailendra P. Singh -- Credit Suisse -- Analyst

Yeah, thank you. Thanks for taking questions. Just wondering about your 4Q results, are -- does your 2021 guidance include any benefit from participating in the vaccination rollout for ancillary or PPE supplies? As the vaccination campaign ramps up, should we think of this as a potential opportunity for you guys in 2021? Or is it already captured in your outlook?

Edward A. Pesicka -- President and Chief Executive Officer

Yes. There's not a lot in there for traditional vaccines. The vaccine rollout, the bulk of the products -- so most of the kits are coming with syringes in the vials themselves, but it's the traditional PPE that's being used as people are vaccinated. So there's not -- we have some of that baked in, but it's not a significant or material amount for a material amount for the full year.

Jailendra P. Singh -- Credit Suisse -- Analyst

Okay. And then looking at your EPS guidance range, when we think about your low end and high end, maybe kind of dabble a little bit more about what are the underlying assumptions there in the low end and high end? Is it driven by variations around the commodity prices? Or are there some other variations we should be aware of? Just curious about your underlying assumption there to end of the ranges here.

Edward A. Pesicka -- President and Chief Executive Officer

So let me start, and let me first address not necessarily the EPS range, but the revenue range, because I think that's important. We have seen cost increases in gloves. There is a significant supply/demand imbalance on gloves, and we've seen cost increases on gloves. We have worked with our customers. We have been completely transparent that we are going to pass on only our costs. And we have the ability to pass on much lower cost because a good portion of those gloves are made in our own factories, and then some of them, we have manufactured for us. So there will -- there could be an impact and there is an impact on this of glove price increases. That has virtually no impact on earnings per share because we're just passing that through. And it's really around trying to respect everything we can with our customers and give them the best possible price and not make a profit off of this increase. It's purely as prices go up, our cost goes up, we're going to pass those through. So that can have an impact on revenue and margin rate or margin percentage, and that's not going to necessarily have a major impact on EPS. I'll let Andy talk about kind of the major assumptions in the buckets on the low and high end, and overall, how we're thinking about EPS.

Andy Long -- Executive Vice President & Chief Financial Officer

Yes, Jailendra. So other factors kind of helping us shape that range of the earnings per share guidance would be in terms of our PPE output, our ability to ramp up PPE quickly, our ability to bring on that capacity and generate the efficiencies that we expect to see going forward, just as we've seen throughout 2020, and it's the rate of continualization of that. It's the rate of output of production, and it's those efficiencies as well. So I think that's probably the other big driver. To a smaller extent, it's like we've given some guidance on elective procedures and our thoughts on how that shaped the guidance. As we talked about in the first half of the year, we still expect to trail pre-pandemic levels, and as we move into the second half of the year, those elective procedures coming back to potentially historic levels. There's also an element in the elective procedures of pent-up demand from procedures that were thought foregone in 2020 and the potential to make those up in the second half of the year. That's not included in our guidance, but could certainly push us to the higher end of that range if that were to occur.

Jailendra P. Singh -- Credit Suisse -- Analyst

Okay. Thanks a lot.

Operator

Thank you. I show our next question comes from the line of Steve Valiquette from Barclays. Please go ahead.

Jonathan Yong -- Barclays Bank -- Analyst

Hi, it's Jonathan Yong on for Steve. Congrats on the results for the year and the quarter.

Edward A. Pesicka -- President and Chief Executive Officer

Thanks, Jonathan.

Jonathan Yong -- Barclays Bank -- Analyst

Just on the comment -- just on the commentary in relation to the, say, the product expansion. What products are you looking to expand to? And is it more kind of where your customers are looking to? I understand the vertical side, but where are your customers needing new products from you to manufacture, etc.?

Edward A. Pesicka -- President and Chief Executive Officer

Yes. Without going into specifics on the categories and subcategories, it's really going to be products that are core to us as a company, and continuing to make sure that we can add value within our manufacturing capabilities of those. We'll do that. We'll continue to look at that in various ways. But we haven't come out and said it's going to be product X, Y or Z. It's really -- the way to think about it, there's categories that are core to us as a company and where our strength and capabilities are.

Jonathan Yong -- Barclays Bank -- Analyst

Okay. Fair enough. And then just on the increased PPE capacity. Kind of given that we're like over the next, call it, two quarters will kind of be the peak for PPE within healthcare. I understand your expense to other verticals, but do you really need to push the capacity and production on PPE even further? Or is it more shifting to produce those other product lines within those facilities? Because I assume that the healthcare side is significantly bigger on the PPE side, but just wondering about that. Thank you.

Edward A. Pesicka -- President and Chief Executive Officer

Yes. So I guess the way to think about this, and the way we think about it, Jonathan, is the PPE -- I think PPE, generally, has been used as a broad statement, and you really have to think about the various categories. And we've added capacity over the last year in most of the fabric-related categories, will be the easiest way to think about it. The one shortfall we have is in gloves. And we are adding capacity in our own facilities that we own of gloves. And we -- like I stated earlier, gloves, portion of the gloves we make ourselves and our own factories with our people and technology and patents, a portion of those we have outsourced or we have contract manufacturers for. So what we've determined is the demand for gloves is going continue to be a long-term issue. In addition to that, there's always the opportunity to bring more insource. So that's one category where we are expanding. We are aggressively expanding that. And we believe we can do it quickly because we're one of the few companies and, specifically, American-owned companies that are -- that have them make gloves on that scale and magnitude for the industry. So that's an area where we see that continuing -- that demand continuing into the future, and we're going to aggressively expand there based on what we see and working with customers on commitments. In addition to that, having the ability to control more of the manufacturing process, if necessary, with more product being manufactured in our factories versus some of those, which are currently contract manufactured. So that's how we think about it. It's varying by categories.

The other thing to think about, too, is Owens & Minor, we're really -- one of the few or only that make the broad -- manufacture the broad based all the categories. Some companies make N95, some make masks, some make gowns. We make all of those. We make gloves. We make the raw material. So we're positioned very well even as supply demand balance comes back down because we're not selling anywhere near current spot buy pricing. We're continuing to sell substantially below spot buy or market pricing. As that demand-supply balance gets close to equilibrium, those that are at those spot buy high prices will be the ones that most likely get impacted first. And then from our standpoint, the other thing you got to think about is we were extremely effective at pre pandemic pricing with this business. Now we've added operational improvements and operational efficiencies on that, which means we can be even more competitive going forward. So that's why we think capacity is going to -- we're going to continue -- we need to produce a lot of it because there is still going to be a high demand for American-made product that comes with fabric made in the U.S. and finished either in the U.S. or across the Americas. And supply chain resiliency and continuity of supply is critical. And the difference between us with the fabric-made PPE, masks, gowns, gloves, drapes, respirators, we can put them on a truck and get them to anywhere in the U.S. They don't have to get on a boat and come across the Pacific Ocean. So that's why we believe there's going to be continued demand for that because of the continuity of supply we can provide and the supply chain resiliency we can help provide, which is really, again, back to our mission of serving our customers to empower them so they can advance healthcare.

Jonathan Yong -- Barclays Bank -- Analyst

Great. Thanks so much.

Operator

Thank you. I show our next question comes from the line of Robert Jones from Goldman Sachs. Please go ahead.

Kevin Hartman -- Goldman Sachs -- Analyst

Hey, this is Kevin on for Bob this morning. So I know, previously, you guys have talked about your contract with the federal government to increase the national stockpile. I believe that wraps up in 3Q. Just any sense you guys can give us on the contribution you're expecting from this in 2021? And then how should we be thinking about the potential opportunity to work more with the government in the future on these types of contracts?

Edward A. Pesicka -- President and Chief Executive Officer

Yes. So I think, obviously, we're in constant contact with the administration, really trying to help provide insight of what we're seeing. And again, again, what makes us different is we're the large-scale, broad PPE manufacturer of the entire categories and subcategories in PPE. So we are constantly working with them. And each category is unique, and each category is different. We are actually working with them and continue to work with them that there's been times where we've been -- they have asked can we make sure that PPE is getting out to the end users, and some of those N95s that are going to be used to fill the stockpile will continue to fill them, and that will continue to happen through the end of Q3. So that's our expectation on that. Again, I think you have to realize is when that slows down, there still is demand outside for our N95s and other of our products. So we're going to continue to work with the U.S. government on this. We're really pleased with what the administration is doing, and we're going to continue to work or to partner with them to help with stockpiling and/or other solutions for PPE independence for our country.

Kevin Hartman -- Goldman Sachs -- Analyst

Got it. That's helpful. And then yes, just one follow-up to some of the comments earlier. So I know guidance is a little bit more first half-weighted this year. So could be some potential like sequential slowdown toward the back half? And then I know in response to Kevin's question earlier, you're still talking about growing net income off of 2021 levels and 2022. And so I'm just curious if you could square those two. Obviously, some sequential slowdown in the back half, but still expecting growth for next year. Just any detail you could give on the moving pieces there would be helpful. Thanks.

Edward A. Pesicka -- President and Chief Executive Officer

Yes. Again, as we stated earlier, we see the line of sight. Clearly, the momentum from Q4 is carrying into Q1, we really see that. And then we really got a good line of sight into the second quarter. And like I said, the back half of the year, there's opportunities for elective procedures. Right now, we're planning on -- you take elective procedures. We plan on those continuing to be below pandemic levels in the first half of this year. We're seeing that. We're seeing certain areas where there was hotspots, where elective procedures slowed down even more. So that's why we don't think Q1 on your classic elective procedures. And again, as a reminder, elective procedures used a heck of a lot of PPE also. It's not just because of COVID. Those procedures use a heck of a lot of that PPE also. So that's why we think next year, there's the opportunity to come across some better comparables also in the first half of the year. And then we continue to see -- I made the comment on net new wins. Last year, it was the first time we had net new wins above -- we were hit positive net new wins. Those are going to also have a positive impact this year. The expectation is that continues through 2021, and that also provides growth opportunities in 2022. And then the expansions I've talked about. So there's a lot of things out there that, while this year, we see a strong year, our expectation right now is that we expect 2022 and beyond to continue to be strong. And the other thing I don't want to make sure is not missed about our ability to grow. And we -- both Andy and I touched on it in our prepared remarks, was the deleveraging of our balance sheet. When we think about the deleveraging of our balance sheet, it's created opportunities for us to reinvest in the business where we haven't had that before. It's created opportunities because interest expense is going to be down, that can help drive -- continue to help drive EPS improvement. So those are other factors as we think about the long-term strategy that have drastically changed with Owens & Minor from where we were a year ago or two years ago when I joined. That deleveraging has created a tremendous opportunity for us to fill out some of the demand we see for overall current and future services, opportunities and products.

Kevin Hartman -- Goldman Sachs -- Analyst

Got it. Super helpful. Thanks Ed.

Operator

Thank you. I show our next question comes from the line of Daniel Grosslight from Citi. Please go ahead.

Daniel R. Grosslight -- Citigroup -- Analyst

Thanks, and congrats on the quarter, guys.

Edward A. Pesicka -- President and Chief Executive Officer

Thank you.

Daniel R. Grosslight -- Citigroup -- Analyst

I want to focus a little bit on the supply side of the PPE demand-supply imbalance. There's a bunch of legislation out there now that's throwing money at bringing PPE -- the PPE supply chain back to the states. You had one big hospital system announced that they're -- they are instituting a JV to expand access to PPE within the states. How do you see the competitive dynamic changing on that end as more companies build out their own U.S. manufacturing capabilities?

Edward A. Pesicka -- President and Chief Executive Officer

Yes. I think it's simple for that case. I mean, obviously, we're in contact constantly, whether it's with hospitals, GPOs, the U.S. government. And the approach we've taken is, again, we manufacture the broad categories of PPE. We're working with customers to lock up our ability to provide them product coming off of our production lines, whether it's semi-dedicated or dedicated production line to specific customers. So instead of having to go out and create joint ventures, we can do product commitments, to make sure that they have a long-term supply of product, the product. And again, the beauty of it is we've been doing it for years. We have the broad category of portfolios, and you think about N95s, if you think about masks, you think about isolation or surgical gowns, you go through most of that product. Fabric, we're manufacturing, too, so we have a broader consistency or ability to mitigate risk on some raw material to define manufacturing. So that's how we're thinking about it, and that's how we're working with our customers. The other thing what we have been very cautious on is making sure that as we do make investments, they're sustainable. We have to look at -- the way we think about it is we don't look at what's the current pricing and/or demand and/or supply. We try to make sure we make those decisions on what is going to be the future demand pricing. And again, we don't think demand is going to fall below pre-pandemic levels for years to come because of all the protocols. But we want to make sure that as we add teammates and we add capacity, we have long-term -- ability for long-term employments and long-term production. So we've been creative. We look at different ways, and we have conversations with, whether it's GPOs, whether it's hospitals, whether it's the government on what makes sense, because, again, we manufacture, we understand what it takes to make these products here in the U.S.

Daniel R. Grosslight -- Citigroup -- Analyst

Yes. Got it. That's very helpful. And then just on the net new wins that you announced, yes, that's very encouraging. Can you talk about are those health systems like you traditionally sell into the acute side? Any differences in those net new wins versus previous customers? And then...

Edward A. Pesicka -- President and Chief Executive Officer

I'm sorry, I'll answer your question.

Daniel R. Grosslight -- Citigroup -- Analyst

Yes, go ahead.

Edward A. Pesicka -- President and Chief Executive Officer

It's primarily customer -- our traditional customer type. That's primarily what those are.

Daniel R. Grosslight -- Citigroup -- Analyst

Got you. Okay. And do you see any changes as things open up this year in the sales cycle? And more RFPs or more things going out to bid? And how does that play into that 2022 dynamic?

Edward A. Pesicka -- President and Chief Executive Officer

On more RFPs and more going on, we did see some of that were delayed last year because of the pandemic. So we know that some of those are going to -- are out or will be out. And then I think you'll have the normal cycle. If you think about a contract, just three- to five-year terms, give or take, you're going to have that normal cycle. So I think you'll see a few more. You'll see a little more of that in 2021. So I think that's really because of some of the pent-up demand of when people held off on doing it. I think, also, we have the opportunity because customers now want to think differently, and rightfully so, that there may be an opportunity for more RFPs because of how customers were impacted during the pandemic. So short answer to the question is yes, we expect there'd be more RFPs in 2021 than 2022 -- I'm sorry, than 2020. And that's really because of people delaying them in 2020 because they didn't want to make a change during the pandemic. And I also think because of some -- how customers were impacted by the pandemic, they may be looking for unique or new solutions, too.

Operator

I show our last question comes from the line of Michael Minchak from JPMorgan.

Michael Roman Minchak -- JPMorgan Chase -- Analyst

Congratulations on the strong results. So I guess, just first on gross margins. If we take out the glove cost increase pass-through, it looks like the gross margin projection, it would be in the upper 15% range at the midpoint of the guidance ranges. It's an increase over 2020, but below what you -- the 16.9% you delivered in the fiscal fourth quarter. Just wondering if you could talk about some of the dynamics that are driving that forecast and sort of how that's expected to trend over the course of the year? And how we should be thinking about the ability to drive margin expansion over the longer term?

Andy Long -- Executive Vice President & Chief Financial Officer

Sure, Mike. This is Andy. Happy to take that question. So as we look at gross margins, I think you've picked up on an important point. And then there's really three key drivers that I see that are really impacting our gross margin rate next year. You've picked up on the first one, right? So you did the exact right thing. You've taken the glove pricing impact out to normalize for glove pricing. So the other factors that I would consider is as we continue to ramp up PPE, we continue to expect good fixed cost leverage, and efficiencies in manufacturing will continue to drive upward pressure on margins. And then kind of dampening the margins is the third factor in that. With the growth that we're expecting in our Global Solutions segment, that segment has lower gross margin. So while it's still accretive, it will dampen that rate of improvement in line with historical sales performance. So those are the three key drivers. And I think as you look mid to long term, it's our continuous improvement efforts, I think, will also -- will factor into that as well.

Michael Roman Minchak -- JPMorgan Chase -- Analyst

Got it. That's helpful. And then just a quick housekeeping question. I think you talked about an $0.08 favorable impact from FX in the fourth quarter. Just wondering what's built into the guidance for 2021?

Andy Long -- Executive Vice President & Chief Financial Officer

Sure. For 2021, so our 2021 forecast is based on the December 31, 2020, FX rates that were in place at that time. And in terms of EPS impact, I would estimate that as an approximate $0.11 headwind basically being driven by what we've seen in the fourth quarter at currency activity with the weakening of the U.S. dollar.

Operator

That concludes our Q&A session. At this time, I'd like to turn the call back over to Mr. Ed Pesicka, President and CEO, for closing remarks.

Edward A. Pesicka -- President and Chief Executive Officer

So thank you, operator. Let me start by thanking everyone for joining on the call this morning. As I reflect back, it will be two years on March seven since I joined Owens & Minor. And I will share that I'm extremely pleased and delighted with the progress that we've made. And that really goes to all our teammates across the world that have worked relentlessly to support our mission. And the mission is extremely important to me, that being we're here to empower our customers so they can advance healthcare and making sure we're doing everything we can to support them. So -- and if I think about 2020 in that light is 2020 was a record year, and I'm proud of the accomplishments that we've made in 2020 as well as over the previous eight quarters. But I think we all recognize we're not done yet, and there's still a tremendous amount for us to do to continue to live our mission and continue to provide value. So for that, I'm really excited about 2021 and really into the future. And then lastly, before I close, I really want to welcome two new Board members: Aster Angagaw, who is joining us; as well as Steve Klemash, who will be joining us as members of our Board of Directors. They both bring strong backgrounds in transformational growth as well as finance. And then we believe they're going to be great, great contributors to the Owens & Minor Board of Directors, and I really look forward to working with both of them. So with that, we will leave for the day. I look forward to talking to everybody, at least in the next quarter. And again, as a reminder, during our Investor Day in May of 2021, give you -- we'll provide you a little more insight about where we're going as a company. So thanks again, and have a great day.

Operator

[Operator Closing Remarks]

Duration: 65 minutes

Call participants:

Chandrika Nigam -- Director, Finance and Investor Relations

Edward A. Pesicka -- President and Chief Executive Officer

Andy Long -- Executive Vice President & Chief Financial Officer

Michael Aaron Cherny -- Bank of America Securities -- Analyst

Kevin Caliendo -- UBS Investment Bank -- Analyst

Jailendra P. Singh -- Credit Suisse -- Analyst

Jonathan Yong -- Barclays Bank -- Analyst

Kevin Hartman -- Goldman Sachs -- Analyst

Daniel R. Grosslight -- Citigroup -- Analyst

Michael Roman Minchak -- JPMorgan Chase -- Analyst

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