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Medtronic (MDT -1.12%)
Q4 2023 Earnings Call
May 25, 2023, 8:00 a.m. ET

Contents:

  • Prepared Remarks
  • Questions and Answers
  • Call Participants

Prepared Remarks:


Ryan Weispfenning

Good morning. I am Ryan Weispfenning, vice president and head of Medtronic investor relations. Welcome to Minnesota, land of 10,000 lakes. I appreciate that you're joining us today for Medtronic's fiscal year 2023 fourth quarter earnings video webcast.

Before we go inside to hear our prepared remarks, I'll share a few details about today's webcast. Joining me are Geoff Martha, Medtronic chairman and chief executive officer; and Karen Parkhill, Medtronic chief financial officer. Geoff and Karen will provide comments on the results of our fourth quarter and fiscal year 2023, which ended on April 28, 2023, and our outlook for fiscal year '24. After our prepared remarks, the executive VPs from each of our four segments will join us, and we'll take questions from the sell-side analysts that cover the company.

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Today's program should last about an hour. Earlier this morning, we issued a press release containing our financial statements and divisional and geographic revenue summaries. We also posted an earnings presentation that provides additional details on our performance. The presentation can be accessed in our earnings press release or on our website at investorrelations.medtronic.com.

During today's program, many of the statements we make maybe considered forward-looking statements, and actual results may differ materially from those projected in any forward-looking statement. Additional information concerning factors that could cause actual results to differ is contained in our periodic reports and other filings that we make with the SEC, and we do not undertake to update any forward-looking statement. Unless we say otherwise, all comparisons are on a year-over-year basis and revenue comparisons are made on an organic basis, which excludes four things: one, the impact of foreign currency; two, revenue from our Q1 acquisition of Intersect ENT; three, fourth quarter revenue in the current and prior year from our divestiture of our Renal Care Solutions business; and four, a one-time contribution from an intellectual property agreement. References to the sequential revenue changes compared to the third quarter of fiscal '23 and are made on an as-reported basis, and all references to share gains or losses refer to revenue share in the first calendar quarter of 2023 compared to the first calendar quarter of 2022, unless otherwise stated.

Reconciliations of all non-GAAP financial measures can be found in our earnings press release or on our website at investorrelations.medtronic.com. And finally, our EPS guidance does not include any charges or gains that would be reported as non-GAAP adjustments to earnings during the fiscal year. With that, let's head into the studio and hear about the quarter.

Geoff Martha -- Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

Hello, everyone, and thank you for joining us today. We had a strong finish to our fiscal year with our fourth quarter top- and bottom-line results coming in ahead of expectations. Our accelerating organic revenue growth was broad-based, with mid-single-digit organic growth in cardiovascular, neuroscience and medical surgical, and double-digit growth in our diabetes business in Western Europe, where we're selling our latest generation of products. Now, across the company, our growth was driven by procedure volume recovery, supply improvements, and innovative product introductions.

And despite continued margin pressures from macroeconomic factors like inflation and foreign exchange, we delivered adjusted earnings growth this quarter, and we reduced costs while also continuing to invest heavily in R&D to drive future growth. We're confident in delivering durable revenue growth in the year ahead as our recent revenue headwinds dissipate and we drive execution across our businesses. So, let's turn to the details of our Q4 results. Our growth in the quarter started with a strong foundation from our largest businesses: cardiac rhythm, surgical, and spine plus ENT.

These businesses have durable established leadership positions. And combined, they made up half of our revenue and grew 5% organic. CRM grew 5% and one share in the quarter as we continue to see robust double-digit growth in our Micra leadless pacemaker franchise. Earlier this month, we received FDA approval for our next-generation leadless pacemakers, Micra AV2 and VR2, which extend the battery life by 40% to a projected 16 and 17 years, respectively.

And in high power, we released data on our enhanced EV-ICD algorithm last weekend at HRS, and we're preparing to launch our Aurora Extravascular ICD later this year. In surgical innovations, we grew 4% or 8% when you exclude China given the provincial stapling VBP impacts in the quarter. Surgical procedures continued to recover, and we regained share on supply improvements. Our advanced energy products, in particular, benefited from improving supply, growing high teens.

And we also launched our LigaSure XP and continued our rollout of the cordless Soni 7. Now, cranial and spinal technologies continued to deliver solid growth as well, growing 5%, including 6% growth in U.S. core spine. Look, we're seeing success from our market-leading ecosystem of Aible-enabling technology and the associated pull-through of our best-in-class spinal implants.

From our AI-enabled surgical planning platform to our patient-specific spine implants to our imaging, navigation, and robotic technologies, spine surgeons around the world are increasingly attracted to our differentiated and innovative solutions. So, it was a solid quarter for our largest businesses. We also had a strong Q4 in our businesses that compete in high-secular growth medtech markets. All combined, these businesses made up about 20% of our revenue and grew high single digits organically.

And we're feeding these businesses with the investments that they need. And as they grow, we expect them to become a larger part of our revenue mix and drive our durable growth going forward. So, starting with neurovascular, which is now annualizing at over $1.3 billion, we grew 13%. We saw broad strength across the business in both ischemic and hemorrhagic stroke, with double-digit growth in several categories, including aspiration and flow diversion.

Stroke is the No. 2 cause of death globally. And combined with low therapy penetration, we see a large opportunity for neurovascular to make a difference in the treatment of stroke, driving meaningful growth, with strong margins for years to come. In structural heart, we grew 9% organic.

We're seeing improvements in the TAVR space, especially in the latter part of our quarter, post-spring holidays. We won TAVR share in the U.S. on the strength of Evolut FX, which combines industry-leading durability with enhanced and predictable valve deployment. In Japan, our structural heart business grew low double digits, driven by the midquarter launch of Evolut FX.

Next, in cardiac ablation solutions, we grew 5% and made significant advances in our pipeline during the quarter. In March, the impressive results of our landmark PULSED AF pivotal trial, studying our single-shot PulseSelect PFA catheter, were presented as a late-breaker at ACC and published in the journal Circulation. The trial had strong efficacy and safety results in both persistent and paroxysmal patients. We filed our PMA with the FDA, and we expect to be one of the first companies with a PFA catheter in the U.S.

market. We also received CE mark in March for our Affera mapping and ablation system, including our Sphere-9 catheter, and we began our limited market release. Sphere-9 can perform both PFA and RF ablation, as well as high-density mapping, all from the same catheter. So, with our Sphere-9 focal catheter and our PulseSelect single-shot catheter, we have the full breadth of PFA catheter technology.

From PFA to our Affera mapping system to our leading Arctic Front cryo solution and AcQCross transseptal access system, we're assembling a leading ecosystem of technologies. And we're poised to become a much more meaningful player in the fast-growing $8 billion EP ablation space. In surgical robotics, we continued to have positive momentum with the rollout of our differentiated Hugo robotic system in international markets. And we're making progress bringing Hugo to the U.S.

as we execute our Expand URO pivotal trial. We also saw a meaningful acceleration in sales of our Touch Surgery Enterprise solution, which is the first AI-powered surgical video and analytics platform for the operating room. With Hugo and Touch Surgery, we're bringing innovative solutions to surgeons around the world. And given the low penetration of robotic surgery and our strong position as a global leader in the surgical space, we expect to deliver meaningful growth over the coming years.

And in diabetes, it was a big quarter for us as our warning letter was lifted and we received FDA approval of our MiniMed 780G system with the Guardian 4 sensor. These products drove double-digit growth in Western Europe, and we're very excited to begin shipping them to U.S. consumers next week. We expect our U.S.

diabetes growth to ramp over time as our existing customers come up for renewal and as consumers switch to Medtronic. Health care professionals and people living with diabetes are really going to appreciate the innovation we're delivering, particularly the advanced meal detection technology. And just this morning, we announced our intent to acquire EOFlow, the manufacturer of the EOPatch, a tubeless, wearable, and fully disposable insulin delivery device. The EOPatch is already available in Europe, South Korea, and the UAE.

And this will accelerate our speed to market in the fast-growing patch pump space with a product that has demonstrated manufacturability. In addition, upon close, we'll work quickly to integrate our clinically proven meal detection technology algorithm, which is in the MiniMed 780G system into the EOPatch and seek marketing authorization. Look, we have not blinked when it comes to diabetes, and we're shifting to offense as we continue to invest heavily in assembling our ecosystem of durable pumps, smart pens, patch pumps, sensors, algorithms, and customer service, with multiple programs under development. Having this ecosystem is really important because we believe the market will move from CGM first to automated insulin delivery, and we are well-positioned for that trend.

We look forward to updating all of you on these growth opportunities at our Diabetes Analyst and Investor Briefing next month at ADA. Now, turning to our synergistic businesses. There were several strong performances in the quarter. Our aortic business grew in the mid-20s as product availability and AAA share improved.

Cardiac surgery had a great quarter, growing 8%, with strength in perfusion and cannula sales. Cardiac diagnostics had a high single-digit growth on the continued adoption of our differentiated AI-enabled LINQ II insertable cardiac monitor. And earlier this month, our LINQ II AI technology, which we call AccuRhythm AI, was awarded the 2023 MedTech Breakthrough Award for the Best New Technology Solution in Monitoring. Our GI business grew 16% on procedure volume recovery and continued strong adoption of GI Genius, another one of our AI-enabled products.

GI Genius uses AI during colonoscopies to help physicians detect polyps. We also announced a strategic collaboration in the quarter with NVIDIA and Cosmo Pharmaceuticals to allow third-party developers to train and validate AI models that can eventually run as apps on the GI Genius platform. We're excited about the potentially game-changing solutions this could offer for GI physicians and their patients. Now, before I go to Karen, I want to note that we continue to focus on the transformation of Medtronic as we reduce complexity, enhance our capabilities, drive efficiency, and improve portfolio management and capital allocation, all with the goal of positioning the company for delivering durable growth.

And the progress we're making is beginning to show up in our financial results. I shared with you last quarter that we were planning for significant cost reductions. We began to execute those plans last month, which included reductions in our global workforce. While these are never easy decisions, and I am mindful of the personal impact across our teams, these actions were necessary and are allowing us to increase our investments in innovation.

They also help us to mitigate the inflationary and foreign exchange impacts on our profitability. Look, we're making progress enhancing our global operations, supply chain, and quality systems, which is all yielding results. And we continue to advance our active portfolio management processes. We closed on the divestiture of our Renal Care Solutions business during the quarter, and we continue to work on the separation path for our patient monitoring and respiratory interventions businesses.

Now, there's still work to be done, but we're making progress setting up the company to deliver durable growth and strong returns. With that, I'll turn it over to Karen to discuss our financial performance and give guidance for fiscal '24. Karen.

Karen Parkhill -- Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

Thanks, Geoff. Our fourth quarter organic revenue increased 5.6%, ahead of expectations; and our non-GAAP EPS of $1.57 grew 3%, was at the upper end of our guidance range and exceeded consensus. Looking at our revenue by geography, our international markets remain strong. Non-U.S.

developed markets and Western Europe grew 8%, and Japan returned to growth following the COVID impacts last quarter, growing 5%. Emerging markets, which make up 17% of our revenue, returned to double-digit growth in the quarter, growing 11%. China also delivered growth of 3% as procedures recovered from prior lockdowns and the impact to our growth from volume-based procurement improved. We had strong growth in many other markets, including low-30s growth in Southeast Asia, low-20s growth in the Middle East and Africa, mid-teens growth in Eastern Europe, and low double-digit growth in Latin America.

Turning to margins. Our adjusted gross margin was relatively stable sequentially, but declined year over year due to inflation and a 1-percentage-point impact from currency. As I've noted in prior quarters, the impact to our gross margin from inflationary pressures is delayed by two to three quarters because our incurred manufacturing variances first go onto our balance sheet and then move into our P&L as inventory is sold. While the magnitude of these variances has begun to ease slightly, they do remain high.

And as a result, we continue to expect pressure on our gross margins over the coming quarters. Despite that pressure, we drove a 350-basis-point sequential improvement in our adjusted operating margin. And on a constant currency basis, our operating margin improved 50 basis points year over year as we drove expense reduction, including reduced incentive compensation. Below the operating profit line, our adjusted nominal tax rate was 15.8%.

That was above our expectations, from incremental taxes owed on the IP agreement that Ryan mentioned upfront, along with our jurisdictional mix of profits in the quarter. Our balance sheet remains strong. We continue to direct capital toward investment in future growth opportunities, along with returning a minimum of 50% of free cash flow to our shareholders. We're identifying high-return organic R&D opportunities and driving efficiencies across our business to free up capital to invest in them.

We also continue to evaluate opportunities to supplement our organic investments with tuck-in acquisitions to accelerate our long-term weighted average market growth rate. At the same time, you should expect us to be disciplined, with a focus on maintaining or growing our returns on invested capital over the long term. We know our shareholders place strong value in our ability to return capital. In fiscal '23, we returned $4 billion through dividends and share repurchases.

And just this morning, we announced that we are increasing our dividend for the 46th consecutive year, reflecting the board's confidence in our balance sheet and our future earnings power. Now, turning to guidance. We've delivered a couple of back-to-back quarters of mid-single-digit growth, growing 5% in the back half of the fiscal year, with 5.6% in the fourth quarter. We're encouraged with the procedure recovery in many of our markets.

Our product availability is improving. We like our competitive position across our businesses, and we have many new innovative products coming to market. At this point, we're setting our fiscal '24 organic revenue guidance at 4% to 4.5%. And given it's the start of the year, we think it's prudent for you to model at the lower end of that range.

This guidance excludes the impact of foreign currency and revenue from our new other segment. And I'd direct you to the guidance slide in our earnings presentation for additional details. In the first quarter, we're guiding to the high end of our annual range with organic revenue growth of 4.5%, which suggests a sequential performance in line with what we have seen historically from our fourth quarter to our first quarter. By segment, there are puts and takes on each one, but they are all roughly aligned to the corporate average for both the first quarter and the year, with the exception of diabetes, which we expect will start the year growing below the corporate average and ramp through the year with the U.S.

launch of 780G. While the impact of currency is fluid, based on rates at the beginning of May, foreign currency would have a positive impact on full year revenue of $110 million to $210 million, including an unfavorable impact of $50 million to $100 million in the first quarter. Moving down the P&L, I've been sharing for several quarters now that macroeconomic factors like inflation, foreign currency, and to a lesser extent, interest and tax rates would impact our earnings power in fiscal '24. And we're continuing to prioritize investments in R&D.

In fact, when we exclude the separation of our Renal Care business, we expect R&D to grow above revenue, as we've signaled for a while now. At the same time and as Geoff mentioned, we've been executing our cost reduction plans across the company to lessen the impact of these macro factors on our earnings. Taking all this into account, we expect continued pressure on our margins and our guiding fiscal '24 non-GAAP diluted EPS in the range of $5 to $5.10. The range includes an unfavorable impact of roughly 6% from foreign currency based on rates at the beginning of May and driven by the large benefit last year from our hedging program that we don't expect will repeat this year.

On a constant currency basis, our EPS guidance implies low single-digit growth this year. For the first quarter, we expect EPS of $1.10 to $1.12. Excluding the approximate 8% impact from foreign currency based on rates at the beginning of May, this would imply constant currency growth of 5% to 7%. To close, I want to recognize our outstanding employees around the world who have been helping to drive significant change to transform our company.

And they have done this while keeping the Medtronic mission front and center. Thank you for everything you do to make our company stronger and to always put patients first. Back to you, Geoff.

Geoff Martha -- Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

OK. Thank you, Karen. Now, before we go to analyst questions, I'll close with a few thoughts. It was a good quarter with our broad-based growth.

Our surgical innovations business is back to mid-single-digit growth, tied to the improvement in our supply. And importantly, surgeon commitment to our differentiated products remains strong. We continue to see growth in neurovascular and structural heart. And we're nearing an inflection point in both diabetes and cardiac ablation solutions.

And both businesses have an arsenal of technologies in their pipeline. At the same time, we're seeing durable growth across our other businesses. And importantly, no business is losing momentum. Behind the scenes, as I've shared with you since becoming CEO, we're really been pushing a comprehensive transformation to set up Medtronic to deliver durable growth and create value for our shareholders.

Now, it hasn't been a straight line. Some of that's market factors and some of that's been on us. But we've made progress, and you're starting to see this in our results. We've been making the necessary improvements to ensure long-term durability of our growth.

We're investing in our key capabilities like global operations, IT, quality, and supply chain to turn our scale into an advantage. We're picking the markets where we're doubling down and redirecting investments to our most important R&D programs. And we're shaping the portfolio, adding tuck-ins, and divesting noncore assets. All of these actions are establishing the strong foundation that will allow us to drive sustainable and consistent growth.

Now, there's still work to be done, but we are on the right path, and we're confident in the choices that we've made and continue to make. We're executing. And you're starting to see this all come together with our steady improvement. Finally, I'd like to join Karen expressing my sincere gratitude for our employees around the world.

You've played a huge role in creating some of the world's most meaningful healthcare innovations and improving the lives of millions of people every year. Thank you. Thank you for all that you do to serve our Medtronic mission every day. And I am confident that our best days are ahead of us.

Now, let's move to Q&A, where we're going to try to get to as many analysts as possible. So, we ask you to limit yourself to just one question and, only if needed, a related follow-up. If you have additional questions, you can reach out to Ryan and the investor relations team after the call. With that, Brad, can you please give the instructions for asking a question?

Questions & Answers:


Operator

[Operator instructions] For today's session, Geoff, Karen, and Ryan are joined by Que Dallara, EVP and president of the diabetes operating unit; Sean Salmon, EVP and president of the cardiovascular portfolio; Brett Wall, EVP and president of the neuroscience portfolio; and Bob White, EVP and president of the medical surgical portfolio. We'll pause for a few seconds to assemble the queue. We'll take the first question from Robbie Marcus at J.P. Morgan.

Robbie, please go ahead.

Robbie Marcus -- JPMorgan Chase and Company -- Analyst

Oh, great. Good morning, everyone, and thanks for taking the questions. Maybe first question, Geoff and Karen, you can -- give us a little more color on the guidance here. You're starting off at 4% to 4.5% organic, but want us at the low end of the range.

It's a little bit below your long-range goal of 5% organic sales growth and then a declining EPS for the year. So, maybe just walk us through how you ended up at that range, why are we starting at the bottom, and how do you plan to return to EPS growth.

Karen Parkhill -- Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

Thanks so much for the question, Rob. You know, when we were thinking through our guidance for the fiscal year, we thought it was prudent to start the year with guidance that sets us up for success. You know, Geoff talked about it. We have a lot going on at Medtronic, and we're intensely focused on delivering on our commitments that we -- and while, you know, doing so, while we continue to transform the company.

You know, we got puts -- we have puts and takes, as we always do on the year. But there are no new issues from a growth perspective in FY '24. You know, when we look at our geographies, China remains a drag from lingering VBP. But that's improving over last year.

And, you know, we're really encouraged by our second half '23 performance of 5%. And, you know, as we look early in May, we see good momentum. Our supply chain continues to improve. Our markets continue to recover.

You know, we've got a pipeline that we're really excited about, and it's weighted toward the latter half of the fiscal year. We've got 780G in the U.S. We've got the full suite of cardiac ablation with Affera. We've got our robot continuing to ramp.

And, you know, we've got [Inaudible] that's hopefully coming to market, too. You know, so we don't have any new material risk to call out. We feel really good about the coming year. You know, on EPS, we've highlighted for the past few quarters that we've got significant headwinds to EPS growth.

That includes mid-single-digit inflation that's impacting our gross margins. I talked about currency of approximately 6% as a headwind and interest and taxes around 1%. So, when you combine all of these factors, they're a double-digit headwind to EPS growth. But our guidance is just a mid-single-digit decline.

So, we've driven significant savings that allow us to protect and fund important R&D and help offset those savings, just like we've talked about. You know, as we think about our long-range plan, you know, we've got work to do to improve the bottom line. And, you know, that's going to be impacted by gross margin, which is obviously impacted by inflation and currency. But over time, you know, we expect our gross margin to stabilize and then improve.

And, you know, that's going to be one of the key things that will help drive our bottom line, you know, into the future. But longer term, our goals have not changed. We're just going to take it one year at a time.

Robbie Marcus -- JPMorgan Chase and Company -- Analyst

Great. And maybe just a quick follow-up. Karen, you have a pretty big divergence between first half comps and second half comps. How do you want us to think about the growth rates and, more importantly, the exit rate for next year at the low end of the guidance to start? Thanks.

Karen Parkhill -- Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

Yeah. So, Robbie, the comps are easier in the first half, but our pipeline's weighted toward the back half. And so, when we take all that together, you know, you can think about Q2 through Q4 growth rates all being on, you know, about the lower end of our full year guidance. That's how we're thinking about it right now.

Ryan Weispfenning

OK. Thank you, Robbie. We'll take the next question, please, Brad.

Operator

We'll take the next question from Vijay Kumar at Evercore ISI. Vijay, please go ahead.

Vijay Kumar -- Evercore ISI -- Analyst

Hey, guys. Congrats on a nice execution here and thank you for taking my question. Karen, maybe first one for you or perhaps Geoff. Can you talk about the cadence of procedures here? You know, how the Q shaped out.

I think some of your peers noted a strong start to the year and perhaps a slowdown exiting the Q. I'm just curious on what kind of trends you saw to our 4Q.

Geoff Martha -- Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

Sure, Vijay. Thanks for the question. Good to talk to you. Well, yeah, for -- you know, procedure volume was a tailwind for us, you know, relative to prior quarters.

I mean, Europe, in particular, recovered well and was out and front. U.S. lagged a little bit, but it began to accelerate in April and May. So, like I said, Western Europe, high-single-digit growth and, you know, staffing issues improving.

And, you know, beyond that, better product availability resulted in a strong back half of the Q4 for us in Western Europe. But clearly, staffing issue is getting better. Emerging markets, you know, grew 11%, mid-teens if you exclude China. And then Japan was mid-single digits.

So, we're seeing around the world a strong pickup. Like I said, U.S. lagged, you know, but we saw a strong April and into May pickup there. So, that -- you know, that's how I'd characterize the procedures.

If you kind of look at it, you know, beyond geography, if you look at it maybe by therapy or product area for us, you know, surgical and GI procedures and med surge, as well as TAVR procedures and some more elective procedures like pain stim, you know, picked up, I think, due to improved staffing. You know, CRM was notable, with good initial implant growth and, you know, for Medtronic specifically, coming out of a replacement headwind. You know, maybe one outlier might be coronary, still behind, and procedure volume recovery. But that's how I look at it by geography and by therapy area.

Vijay Kumar -- Evercore ISI -- Analyst

That's helpful, Geoff.

Geoff Martha -- Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

Overall, we're pleased with -- you know, all this -- like I said, overall pleased with the acceleration. And all this has, you know, kind of confirmed with what we are seeing in April and even in May.

Vijay Kumar -- Evercore ISI -- Analyst

Understood. That's helpful comment, Geoff. And maybe one related on the fiscal '24 guidance. I think on the EPS, Karen has been pretty clear on some of the headwinds Medtronic is facing.

But my question is more on top line. You have utilization improving, to your point. Surgical innovation, I think supply chain is getting better and comps are easy. Diabetes, I think the approval is an upside surprise versus our prior assumptions post-data, but I think that's going to be incremental.

So, when you look at these -- the tailwinds, right, why is 4 to 4.5 perhaps the right range, Geoff? Are there any headwinds? I think China is 50 basis points to 100 basis points. Anything else that we're not aware of, or is this more perhaps being conservative and prudent perhaps?

Geoff Martha -- Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

Yeah. I'm going to let Karen answer that one.

Karen Parkhill -- Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

Yeah. So, I think, Vijay, you know, just as we talked about it, we just think that 4% to 4.5% for the full year is a good starting point. You know, we have no new risk to call out. You know, you named a lot of the great things that are happening in tailwinds.

But for us, it's only Q1, and we just think it's a good place to start.

Vijay Kumar -- Evercore ISI -- Analyst

Understood. Thanks, guys.

Geoff Martha -- Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

Appreciate the questions, Vijay.

Ryan Weispfenning

Thanks. Brad, we'll take the next question, please.

Operator

The next question comes from Larry Biegelsen at Wells Fargo. Larry, please go ahead.

Larry Biegelsen -- Wells Fargo Securities -- Analyst

Hey. Good morning. Thanks for taking the question and congrats on the strong finish to the fiscal year here. Yeah, I'd like to ask about, excuse me, the EOFlow acquisition, specifically the timelines for Q -- the timelines for an AID system in the U.S.

and Europe. And I thought we saw that a competitor won an injunction in Germany recently. So, what made you comfortable, you know, with the IP? And I'd love to hear at a high level any thoughts on how this product is differentiated. And just maybe for Karen, maybe any update on the patient monitoring spin? You know, I think people are interested to know how you're going to, you know, use the proceeds to offset dilution.

You know, we've seen media reports of you potentially selling the business. And, you know, depending on the tax basis and the use of proceeds, you know, that could be dilutive as well. So, how should we be thinking about this? Thank you.

Geoff Martha -- Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

Thanks, Larry, for the questions. I think I'll turn it over to Que to answer the EOFlow questions.

Que Dallara -- Executive Vice President and President of the Diabetes Portfolio

Good morning. We're very excited and -- about the EOFlow acquisition. As you know, we're very familiar with the technologies in the patch space, as well as the manufacturing challenges there. From a strategic perspective, we are the only integrated player in the diabetes technological space with both CGM algorithms, as well as dosing systems, and very well-positioned for AID.

So, our portfolio is very holistic. We want to meet patients where they are. And this acquisition accelerates the introduction of an AID patch into the market, and we expect to be the next to market with a differentiated product. So, our intention is to combine EOFlow's device with the meal detection algorithm that you see today in the 780G system, along with our next-generation sensor, and expect that to be a very differentiated offering that's next to market.

In terms of the -- so I think that addresses the product differentiation and timing. In terms of the IP, as you know, I think it's been disclosed previously that we have a covenant not to sue with Insulet. And so, we're very confident about our IP position. And this is a very differentiated device with Medtronic's algorithms and sensor technology.

So, we're very confident in the product differentiation in the market.

Geoff Martha -- Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

Yeah, you know, I'd just build on Que's comments in terms of beyond just the product, just the trend here of going from CGM first to AID, you know, automated insulin delivery, and with our differentiated algorithms there with the meal detection technology, you know, we believe this is big. We're seeing it in -- outside the U.S. with 780G. And we want to have that same technology across a host of insulin delivery devices, whether it be a pen -- a smart pen, you know, a pump system, and a patch.

So, this adds to that armamentarium, and we're excited about it. And Que has brought a lot of just better execution of the business as well. So, that also helps our confidence in doing a deal like this. So, looking forward to the future for our diabetes business.

I'll have Karen answer the question around the patient monitoring and respiratory interventions, you know, separation.

Karen Parkhill -- Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

Yeah. Thanks for that question, Vijay. You know, we continue to work on the separation of patient monitoring and respiratory interventions. And when we announced the separation last year, we said that a spin sets a high bar because it minimizes the tax leakage and it allows our shareholders to participate in what we believe is going to be a significant value-creation opportunity.

We also said we would consider alternatives and a sale was possible because we do believe that this NewCo could be an attractive asset to many parties. But we also said that the spin bar is really high because it's got attractive attributes for it. And any divergence from the spin path, you know, would really need to provide a greater value-creation opportunity. But whatever course we take will be in the best interest of our shareholders.

You know, how we manage dilution on this will ultimately be determined by the potential transaction. And, you know, we'll provide details as we have them, you know, at a later date.

Larry Biegelsen -- Wells Fargo Securities -- Analyst

Thank you.

Geoff Martha -- Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

Thanks, Larry.

Ryan Weispfenning

Thanks, Larry. Appreciate the questions. Just a reminder to the analysts to please stick to one question and one follow-up if needed. Brad, we'll go to the next question, please.

Operator

The next question comes from Matt Miksic at Barclays. Matt, please go ahead.

Matt Miksic -- Barclays -- Analyst

Hi. Can you hear me OK?

Geoff Martha -- Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

Yeah, we can, Matt.

Matt Miksic -- Barclays -- Analyst

Oh, great. Thank you. So -- and thanks for taking the questions and congrats on a nice finish to the year and, you know, kind of navigating through the resetting of the bar here for fiscal '24. Just wanted to -- you know, we came out of HRS last weekend, and there was a fair amount of news flow and, you know, presentations for Medtronic.

Obviously, the big -- the main topic of the meeting was PFA, as I think everyone knows. I know you expect to be one of the first to the U.S. market. If you could talk maybe a little bit more about, you know, how you expect to -- you know, the timeline for that is it because you can and then how you expect to sort of navigate, you know, this perceived pressure on the single-shot market.

And I have just one follow-up, if I might.

Geoff Martha -- Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

Sure. Yeah. Well, thanks for that, Matt. It is -- it's exciting for the industry.

And, you know, we believe we're well positioned in those tailwinds you just mentioned. So, it is good to see. And I'm going to ask Sean to answer the specific questions around PFA and how we're positioned there.

Sean Salmon -- Executive Vice President and President of the Cardiovascular Portfolio

Yeah, Matt. We really like our position. As you know, we've obtained CE mark for our point-by-point solution in Europe, and we just filed the PMA for our single-shot product in the United States, and we'll have a data readout sometime next year. We've -- we completed enrollment for Affera's persistent AF trial in December.

So, we expect that that one-year endpoint will be reached mid of this fiscal year. You know, in terms of how we see the shift, you know, obviously, we're -- we've got 85% of the market to play in in point by point, and we have the other segment that we've been really strong in with cryo at 15%. And I think as we initially launch into Europe, that's a much bigger opportunity for us as we go to point-by-point solutions. And when we come to the United States, being among the first in PFA solutions and all of those are going to be anatomical or single shot.

I think we'll garner interest from that 85% of the market that really wants to get to PFA, and they don't need to do that. So, I think while you have the potential for some erosion of your base in anatomical, you also have the attraction of having a very first PFA offering coming in for anatomical solutions that will pull interest from 95% pool. And of course, when we launch Affera globally, we'll have the opportunity to play in a bigger swimming pool. So, yeah, think the concerns about cannibalization, I think, are overblown, frankly.

There's far more greenfield for us than, I think, people are appreciating.

Matt Miksic -- Barclays -- Analyst

That's super helpful. And then just one quick follow-up to Larry's question on diabetes. You know, the -- congrats again on the warning letter and the pump approval and Guardian sensor approval. But Simplera is intriguing.

I think a lot of folks are wondering, you know, what are your thoughts on timing and when we'll see potentially some data from that platform given that that could move you kind of more to the forefront of sort of sensor technology. Thanks.

Geoff Martha -- Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

Yeah. Thanks, Matt.

Que Dallara -- Executive Vice President and President of the Diabetes Portfolio

Thanks --

Geoff Martha -- Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

Simplera is definitely -- go ahead. As I say, Simplera is definitely a jump forward. I'll have Que jump in and answer that.

Que Dallara -- Executive Vice President and President of the Diabetes Portfolio

Thanks, Geoff. We're very excited about Simplera. It's an all-in-one disposable sensor. It's half the size of the Guardian 4 sensor.

No finger sticks and a two-step insertion process compared to our current sensor technology. As you know, we've submitted to CE mark last year, last summer, and also to the FDA earlier this year. We hope that -- you know, obviously, we've got to go through the regulatory process, but we're anticipating that, this fiscal year, we should be able to get approval. So, that's, you know, the best we have in terms of timing.

Matt Miksic -- Barclays -- Analyst

Thank you.

Ryan Weispfenning

Thanks, Matt, for the question. We'll take the next questions, please, Brad.

Operator

The next question comes from Travis Steed at BofA Global Research. Travis, please go ahead.

Travis Steed -- Bank of America Merrill Lynch -- Analyst

Hey. Can you hear me OK?

Ryan Weispfenning

Yeah, we can, Travis. Good to hear from you.

Travis Steed -- Bank of America Merrill Lynch -- Analyst

All right. Great. Maybe, Karen, if you could talk about some of the cost savings stuff that you built into this 5 to 5.10 EPS growth. I know we've estimated like $0.50 offset from the cost savings side and then some of the R&D investments.

Just a little bit more color on some of the puts and takes and what you have built-in on the EPS guide. And then on FY '25 EPS, should we think about that as more of a transition back to the 8%-plus or just kind of early comments on how to think about the out-year EPS?

Karen Parkhill -- Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

Yeah. Thanks for those questions, Travis. On our cost savings, you know, we said that we were driving significant cost savings. You know, we're not disclosing the exact amount.

But just to give you a sense, I mentioned we have mid-single-digit inflation on our gross margins, we have currency impact of approximately 6%, and we have interest in tax of around 1%. And all those combined are a double-digit headwind to EPS. But our guidance is just a mid-single-digit decline. So, the savings are significant.

And obviously, they allow us to protect and fund important R&D innovation. You know, when we talk -- when we think about R&D, we've said all along that our goal is to protect and to grow, align with revenue or above revenue when we can. And if we look at this coming fiscal year and we strip away the investment that we had in R&D and RCS, in our Renal Care business that we're separating, you know, our revenue is growing. Our R&D expense, we expect it to grow higher than revenue.

So, we did protect it. It is important to us. And then on FY '25, you know, we're just starting FY '24, so we're not ready to really talk about FY '25. But you know, I mentioned that, you know, these last 18 months have been really busy for us.

We've been strengthening our core with new people and new structures. We've been understanding our investment needs. We've been driving portfolio moves. We've been cutting expenses.

We've been managing through our own setbacks. And, you know, the transformation that we've been driving amid all of this is starting to have an impact on our results. You know, you've seen us already move back to mid-single-digit growth on the top line, and we're intensely focused on, you know, delivering on our FY '24 commitments and driving a lasting turnaround at Medtronic. You know, that's our priority right now.

Longer term, our goals have not changed. You know, we're focused on that durable mid-single-digit revenue growth. We have continued work to do to stabilize and then improve our gross margins. But we have both the plans and the work in place to do that.

And ultimately, we're committed to driving a strong and leveraged P&L. But we're going to take this one year at a time because that's just where we are right now. So, I hope that gives you some context.

Travis Steed -- Bank of America Merrill Lynch -- Analyst

Super helpful.

Geoff Martha -- Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

And just to -- one point, getting back to, you know, Karen's earlier -- the answer -- earlier part of the answer on, you know, the cost actions. You know, I think we're focused on striking the right balance, as she mentioned, between kind of offsetting or mitigating some of the headwinds out there that affect our EPS with the durability of our revenue growth. And, you know, think about, you know, reinvestment in some of the top areas in medtech, right, diabetes, robotics, electric -- EP, you know, for PFA. So, these are exciting opportunities.

We just got to balance mitigating some of these headwinds with making sure that we're making the right investments. And she walked through the R&D growth and to make sure that our revenue is durable.

Travis Steed -- Bank of America Merrill Lynch -- Analyst

That's super helpful. A quick follow-up on the EOFlow. I know they had a pipeline for a seven-day patch, and they -- I think they had a CGM in their pipeline, too. Is that something you're going to keep? Just a quick update on that.

And then I did want to ask about TAVR mid-single-digit growth in the quarter. It's taking share. Maybe just an update on the overall TAVR market and the trends that you're seeing there would be helpful as well. Thank you.

Geoff Martha -- Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

Que, you want to take the EOFlow question?

Que Dallara -- Executive Vice President and President of the Diabetes Portfolio

Yes. And look, our plans right now to integrate our meal detection technology algorithm, as well as our next-generation Simplera sensor to bring an AID patch into the market, we think, is important for patient choice, and we want to do that as soon as possible. And we can't really comment any further on additional pipeline details at this point.

Geoff Martha -- Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

Thanks, Que. Sean, quick response on the TAVR question.

Sean Salmon -- Executive Vice President and President of the Cardiovascular Portfolio

Sure, Travis. So, the market's getting better and better, I'd say. We saw really nice recovery within Europe. Procedure is coming back, particularly in France and Germany, really strong recovery there.

In the United States, it started out a little sluggish in the quarter, had a little bumpy ride from spring break because, you know, there's a lot of consolidated volumes, so little bits of that matter. But we exited the quarter really strong. We tracked something called implant rates, just our -- the number of cases we supported. And we're seeing really good recovery trends, which we think will continue through the year.

But right now, low -- I'd say low double to high single digits is about what the fundamentals are for the NOI market.

Travis Steed -- Bank of America Merrill Lynch -- Analyst

Perfect. Thank you.

Geoff Martha -- Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

Thanks, Travis.

Ryan Weispfenning

Yeah. Appreciate the questions, Travis. Just a reminder to the analysts, one question and one related follow-up if needed. Brad, next question, please.

Operator

The next question comes from Matt O'Brien at Piper Sandler Companies. Matt, please go ahead.

Matt O'Brien -- Piper Sandler -- Analyst

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Geoff Martha -- Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

Hey, Matt. There, we got a little bit of feedback.

Ryan Weispfenning

Yeah. I think we've got a problem with your audio, Matt. We'll check that, and we'll come back to you. We'll take the next question, please, Brad.

Operator

The next question comes from Pito Chickering at Deutsche Bank. Pito, please go ahead.

Pito Chickering -- Deutsche Bank -- Analyst

Hey. Good morning, guys. Can you talk about PFA adoption trends in Europe, specifically the interplay between PFA growth, PFA pricing versus losses from current market share? So, when you put it all together, I guess how was European ablation growing for you guys?

Geoff Martha -- Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

Sean, do you want to take that one?

Sean Salmon -- Executive Vice President and President of the Cardiovascular Portfolio

Yeah. We've done well. I mean, it's early, early innings for our PFA offering. As you know, we're just really trying to scale up both training and operations for that.

So, a little too early to comment on that. I'd say, you know, there's been really continued underlying growth. Just ablation, in general, continues to grow of all flavors. But of course, PFA will grow the fastest.

But we'll keep you apprised as to how that's going. We're seeing really good, strong trends, though, within Europe and overall. It's a very robust market.

Pito Chickering -- Deutsche Bank -- Analyst

OK. And then just a quick follow-up here on the last TAVR question. You're talking about a low double, high single-digit marketplace. What do you guys assume within your market share for 2024?

Sean Salmon -- Executive Vice President and President of the Cardiovascular Portfolio

I don't think we're giving share guidance, Pito, but we think we're in good shape with the momentum we have with FX. And we look to launch the FX into Europe in the back half of the year. So, that's -- actually, we do -- we've done well in the United States. We've done well in Japan.

The product is excellent and being well-received.

Pito Chickering -- Deutsche Bank -- Analyst

Great. Thanks so much.

Ryan Weispfenning

Thanks, Pito. Next question, please, Brad.

Operator

The next question comes from Matt Taylor at Jefferies. Matt, please go ahead.

Matt Taylor -- Jefferies -- Analyst

Hi. Sorry. Thanks for taking the question. Can you hear me -- yes.

Can you hear me OK?

Geoff Martha -- Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

Yeah, we can now. Yeah, we can now.

Matt Taylor -- Jefferies -- Analyst

OK. Great. I think I was just on mute. OK.

I was hoping you could talk a little bit more about EOFlow. I was just reading that release, and it talks about 1% dilution to earnings for the first few years and neutral to accretive thereafter. So, I guess I was hoping maybe you could touch on the run rate of the business today and how you assume that ramps revenue-wise over the next couple of years. What are some of the assumptions that go into that dilution assumption for the first couple of years? And what are some of the key guideposts that we should be looking for out of that business as you acquire it?

Geoff Martha -- Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

Well, the business, I could say, Matt, is it's new and the revenue is pretty small right now and it's just in Europe. But I'll let Karen talk about the dilution assumptions.

Karen Parkhill -- Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

Yeah. So, the key here is to integrate this patch pump with our algorithm. And so, we'll be spending on that, and that's what drives the dilution. That's the key for the first few years.

And, Que, you want to talk about run rate from there?

Geoff Martha -- Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

And any milestones that we might want to look for?

Que Dallara -- Executive Vice President and President of the Diabetes Portfolio

I think the critical milestone to watch out for is really, you know, some development work to integrate our algorithm. You know, we have that already as part of the 780G system. We're obviously going through our sensor approvals today. So, that will be available.

So, there's a bit of development work, not a lot. EOFlow has proven manufacturability at scale. The manufacturing exists. And so, it is, you know, a relatively straightforward integration and approval process to get that to market.

Once that AID patch system is available in the market with our next generation CGM, we think -- you know, obviously, we'll go through the commercialization and launch process, but you know, we believe it's a very strong offering and second to market with this wearable disposable patch solution.

Matt Taylor -- Jefferies -- Analyst

Great. Thanks for the feedback. I appreciate that.

Ryan Weispfenning

Thank you, Matt. Next question, please, Brad.

Operator

The next question comes from Rich Newitter at Truist. Rich, please go ahead.

Richard Newitter -- Truist Securities -- Analyst

Hear me?

Geoff Martha -- Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

Yes, Rich. How are you?

Richard Newitter -- Truist Securities -- Analyst

Hi. Can you hear me?

Geoff Martha -- Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

Yeah, we can. Can you hear us? Rich.

Richard Newitter -- Truist Securities -- Analyst

Can you hear me?

Geoff Martha -- Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

Yes. Yeah. I don't know. Maybe we want to --

Ryan Weispfenning

Might have some connection issues with Rich. We'll go to the next question and come back to him.

Operator

The next question comes from Shagun Singh at RBC Capital Markets. Shagun, please go ahead.

Shagun Singh -- RBC Capital Markets -- Analyst

Great. Can you hear me OK?

Geoff Martha -- Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

Yes.

Shagun Singh -- RBC Capital Markets -- Analyst

OK. Perfect.

Geoff Martha -- Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

We can hear you.

Shagun Singh -- RBC Capital Markets -- Analyst

A quick one on China. I was wondering if you can talk a little bit about your outlook for that business. There seems to be some initial talk of COVID cases. You know, how concerned are you at this point? And, you know, if it does become something larger than anticipated, you know, what areas of impact are you worried about? And then secondly, I just wanted to get your thoughts on M&A.

It's encouraging to see you, you know, call out and, you know, something on the M&A front this quarter. And I think you previously indicated that you would hold off for about 12 to 18 months until the separation has been announced to be more active on that front. Has anything changed? And perhaps you can just talk about your appetite for M&A, deal size, and areas you may be interested in. Thank you for taking the questions.

Geoff Martha -- Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

Well, thanks for those questions. I'll start with the China one and then get to the M&A. On China, yeah, we've heard about the -- some of the COVID. I wouldn't call it an outbreak, but signs of COVID in China.

You know, we haven't felt any impact of that at this point. And in talking to some of our healthcare -- or some of our customers, they're not, at this point, too worried about it. But we're going to watch that closely. You know, in terms of our overall view on China, I was just there.

And, you know, look, the economy's back. The healthcare procedures are back. Obviously, we're still working through volume-based procurement. But it's going to be the largest healthcare market in the world.

And it's an area that we're investing in. And yeah, as we've talked about before, this volume-based procurement, we believe -- by the end, as we exit this next fiscal year, as we exit this FY '24, we believe, you know, we'll have been through that, you know, reset from volume-based purchases and procurement rather, and then grow from there and get back to that double-digit growth. And, you know, we've adjusted by taking out some costs in China. Now that the business is more contracted, it's allowed us to take out some sales and marketing costs.

And so, it's still a profitable business for us that we'll get back to that double-digit growth. Obviously, we're going to have to watch the geopolitics here between the two countries, but it's encouraging some of the more recent conversations the two countries are having. And we spent a lot of time on this in China with the U.S. government and are optimistic that this will continue to be a good market for us.

You know, in terms of M&A, yeah, obviously, the EOFlow acquisition, you know, looks like one of our -- you know, it is one of our traditional tuck-in type of deals in a high growth area that we have a strong position in. You asked about -- and that we still have a lot of appetite for those type of deals. I would say we are focusing on those deals that we believe are going to have a bigger impact on Medtronic. Deals like the Intersect ENT deal.

Deals like -- for ENT. Deals like the Affera deal in our AFib business. For PFA, we had mapping and navigation and some PFA technology. And this EOFlow fits right into that kind of mold, bringing a patch technology to our diabetes business.

In terms of divestitures, I would say nothing has changed. I mean, you know, we just completed the dialysis, you know, a joint venture with DaVita. So, we're excited about that and close that officially. And that's off and running, called Mozarc is the new company's name.

And we're working through, as Karen walked you through, the patient monitoring and respiratory interventions separation, which is a large body of work. And in terms of those type of large-scale divestitures, we' re -- the analysis and the thought process continues to look at our portfolio and see where opportunities are. But we're pretty focused right now executing on that one from an execution standpoint. And as you look forward, our appetite, you know, is -- our focus is still these tuck-in deals, along, you know -- and think of the three examples I gave, you know, and that kind of sizes.

You know, it could be a little bigger than that, a little smaller. Those are the focus areas. You know, if something bigger comes along, you know, we'd look at it, but it's not what we're hunting for, if you will. So, I hope that answers your question on M&A.

I don't know, Karen, if you have anything to add or I covered it.

Karen Parkhill -- Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

You covered it well.

Shagun Singh -- RBC Capital Markets -- Analyst

Thank you so much.

Ryan Weispfenning

Yeah. Thanks for the questions, Shagun. Brad, why don't we try to go back to Rich if we can, and then we'll take our final two questions.

Operator

The next question comes from Rich Newitter at Truist Securities. Rich, please go ahead.

Richard Newitter -- Truist Securities -- Analyst

Hi. Thanks for coming back to me, and I apologize for the issues there. So, maybe just wanted to start off with spine. I know, you know that you guys are -- you really have seen a nice turnaround there in the last year or so.

Can you talk a little bit about the trends you're seeing there? Any potential disruption that may be emerging, you know, leading up to potential competitor, M&A between Globus and NuVasive? And then what's going on on the capital front with Mazor? I'd love to hear kind of any updates on that and the -- you know, some of the capital in that business. Thanks.

Geoff Martha -- Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

Sure. Thanks for the question, Rich. You know, I'm going to turn it over to Brett in a second to talk about the details of capital and some of the other spine trends. But I'll just start with one is, you know, we've seen this trend, and I don't know if I'd call it disruptive.

It's been moving for a number of years now, this trend of the value propositioning -- value proposition being in the industry, centering around enabling technology, navigation, imaging, robotics, powered instruments, you know, AI-based surgical planning and bringing that all together. You know, we brought that all together in our ecosystem called Aible. You are now seeing the impact of that in the marketplace, and you're seeing what it's doing to the marketplace around consolidation. I mean, this is where the business is heading, the industry's heading, and it takes a lot of technology prowess and it takes a lot of balance sheet to do this.

And it's having a big impact on consolidation that you're seeing. And as we move forward, we're really excited about our position. But Brett's been overseeing this business for a number of years now and has a -- and I'll let him talk about, you know, more detail on the value proposition and also get into the capital dynamic.

Brett Wall -- Executive Vice President and President of the Neuroscience Portfolio

Yeah. Thanks, Geoff and Rich. Thanks for the question. When we look at, you know, overall core spine, you know, some really good trends there.

We're seeing procedures, you know, getting back to, you know, normal, which is extremely helpful. We've had now multiple quarters of expansion in core spine, which reflects the development, as Geoff mentioned, of a broad-based ecosystem in the capital environment. And that ecosystem that we've put together is taking the procedure and changing the procedure with robotics, navigation, imaging, power surgical tools, AI surgical planning. It is the broadest, most extensive, most complete, most comprehensive system in the world of spine today.

And what you'll see with competitors, I think you mentioned, you know, one transaction that, you know, is -- that the two organizations are in the middle of are trying to actually put these teams together. And we're seeing that transformation in spine in more consolidation. If we look at capital in and of itself, we have an exceptionally strong capital footprint, you know, across the entire world. What we've seen with capital is continued good growth with capital.

But we've also seen now in the United States a bit of a transition. That transition is into earnout or lease agreements. We've seen a higher preponderance of that as we've been in the last few quarters given some of the current situations across the current economic situations. The good news about that is we're getting those sockets, we're converting that into an earnout type of situations where we get implants on top of the socket.

And then we've also seen globally very strong performance in our hardware. So, this capital component is critical to the business. It's also critical to the growth. And I think we're just seeing that with some of the other consolidations.

But the Medtronic footprint here is extensive, strong, and very capable.

Geoff Martha -- Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

All right. Thanks, Rich.

Ryan Weispfenning

Thank you, Rich. Next question, please.

Operator

The next question comes from Joanne Wuensch, Citi. Joanne, please go ahead.

Joanne Wuensch -- Citi -- Analyst

Good morning and a nice way to end the year and start the next. Briefly, my memory is that you had two patch pump products in development. Are those going to be shut down or are those also continuing along? And I'll ask my second question. Hugo, could you sort of give us an update on where the launch is outside the United States and should we be thinking about this as number of robots in the field or amount of revenue that it generates for the total Medtronic family? Thank you.

Geoff Martha -- Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

OK. Thanks, Joanne. Two great questions. Que, do you want to take the patch question?

Que Dallara -- Executive Vice President and President of the Diabetes Portfolio

Yes. We have a complementary organic program. If anything, we're stepping on the gas. On that program, that continues.

It's complementary with next-generation features that we're not prepared to go to at this point for competitive reasons. But that program will help expand our market access, including Type 2 -- the Type 2 market.

Geoff Martha -- Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

Yeah. Just real quick before I turn it over to Bob to talk about Hugo. I just think -- just to reemphasize what Que just said there is that, you know, we've never -- although our business hasn't performed well over the years, the last couple of years, we've never lost faith in our technology. And now, with the better execution of Que and her new leadership team we're bringing, we are putting our foot on the gas and doubling down on this business.

And the patch segment is an important segment. So, we feel good about having multiple shots on goal there. So, that's all I'll say on diabetes. And, Bob White, do you want to talk about Hugo?

Bob White -- Executive Vice President and President of the Medical Surgical Portfolio

Yeah. Thanks, Geoff, and thanks, Joanne, for the question. So, we really like our momentum. Remembering, Joanne, as you know, that less than 5% of procedures that could be done robotically assisted are actually done that way.

So, a tremendous market development opportunity. And importantly, you know, every quarter, we sell and install more Hugo Systems than we did the prior quarter. And, you know, the modularity and the interoperability of the Hugo system with our leading surgical franchise is really being recognized by our customers. And, you know, it's really about the ecosystem.

So, to respond to your question, I would look at both, right? We look at the number of robots, but we don't disclose that. And as Geoff pointed to, we look at this as a meaningful growth driver for Medtronic overall. So, we like our position, we like our feedback, and we're excited about our opportunity ahead of us.

Ryan Weispfenning

OK. Thanks, Bob. Thanks, Joanne, for the questions. And, Brad, we'll go to the final question.

Operator

Our final question comes from Anthony Petrone at Mizuho Securities. Anthony, please go ahead.

Anthony Petrone -- Mizuho Securities -- Analyst

Thank you. Can you hear me OK?

Geoff Martha -- Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

Yeah, Anthony. Happy belated birthday, by the way.

Anthony Petrone -- Mizuho Securities -- Analyst

Oh, thank you. Thank you very much. Thank you. A couple of questions here.

One, just on the volume picture, underlying volumes. You know, is there anything you could share on April and May, in particular? You have about a 5.5% organic growth, 4% to 4.5% is the bridge guidance. So, maybe just a little bit of color on underlying volumes. You know, certainly, in 1Q, it did seem like we had favorable comps, but an underlying improvement in many markets.

So, just your comments on underlying volumes. And then in the 4 to 4.5, you know, is there anything of note, just on 780G? You know, how much of that is baked into the guidance? Thanks again.

Geoff Martha -- Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

Well, I might ask Sean to comment on the underlying volumes in a second because we see it in -- across cardiology a lot. But I would just say, Anthony, that the underlying volume is definitely getting stronger and accelerated for us through our Q1 into April and May. And as I mentioned earlier, I'd -- we've been seeing strong growth out of Western Europe for quite some time. And then Japan came in.

And all throughout this, the last quarter, we saw strong growth in emerging markets. U.S. has lagged but has picked up. And I think some of it -- we're seeing some of that pickup, in particular, in surgical procedures and our surgical business, but also across a couple of different cardiovascular procedure lines.

I don't know, Sean, if you have any comments on that.

Sean Salmon -- Executive Vice President and President of the Cardiovascular Portfolio

Yeah. Geoff, you said it well. We saw a really nice recovery in Europe, in particular, as I mentioned before, across the board. And in our procedures in the U.S., we saw, you know, cardiac surgery was kind of leading indicator that really grew well in the United States for procedure volume.

And throughout the quarter, we saw improving -- improvement, including coronary stents, which has been, you know, curiously below the pre-COVID levels for a long time now. So, that came up to about 95% of pre-COVID levels toward the back half of the year -- or back half of the quarter. So, look, I'm encouraged. May looks strong.

We're moving into a better procedure space for sure globally. And it was also impressive to see how fast China snapped back after both the shutdown and the COVID stuff that had happened and the new year that happened. So, I think all the trends are looking up globally, and I think the U.S. is the place we're most encouraged by as we see the recovery of procedure volumes in cardiology.

We saw that with large joints, of course. And I think we're starting to see it in cardiology, too, now, which is encouraging.

Karen Parkhill -- Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

And, Anthony, on your question on the annual guidance and anything of note on 780G. You know, we expect diabetes to return to good growth in this fiscal year. And we noted that we expect it to begin the year below the corporate average, but obviously, ramp throughout the year as we bring the 780G to more and more patients in the United States. And the consumable revenue off of that comes with it.

Anthony Petrone -- Mizuho Securities -- Analyst

Very helpful. Thank you.

Ryan Weispfenning

Yeah. Thanks, Anthony. Geoff, please go ahead with your closing remarks.

Geoff Martha -- Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

OK. Thanks, Ryan. All right. Well, OK, everyone.

Thanks for the questions. As usual, we really appreciate your support and continued interest in Medtronic. And as I mentioned earlier, we'll be coming to you from ADA on June 25th with an update on our diabetes business. And we hope you'll join us for our Q1 earnings broadcast, which we anticipate holding on Tuesday, August 22nd, where we'll update you on our progress across the company.

With that, thanks for spending time with us today, and have a great rest of your day.

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Call participants:

Ryan Weispfenning

Geoff Martha -- Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

Karen Parkhill -- Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

Robbie Marcus -- JPMorgan Chase and Company -- Analyst

Vijay Kumar -- Evercore ISI -- Analyst

Larry Biegelsen -- Wells Fargo Securities -- Analyst

Que Dallara -- Executive Vice President and President of the Diabetes Portfolio

Matt Miksic -- Barclays -- Analyst

Sean Salmon -- Executive Vice President and President of the Cardiovascular Portfolio

Travis Steed -- Bank of America Merrill Lynch -- Analyst

Matt O'Brien -- Piper Sandler -- Analyst

Pito Chickering -- Deutsche Bank -- Analyst

Matt Taylor -- Jefferies -- Analyst

Richard Newitter -- Truist Securities -- Analyst

Shagun Singh -- RBC Capital Markets -- Analyst

Brett Wall -- Executive Vice President and President of the Neuroscience Portfolio

Joanne Wuensch -- Citi -- Analyst

Bob White -- Executive Vice President and President of the Medical Surgical Portfolio

Anthony Petrone -- Mizuho Securities -- Analyst

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