Business Strategy and Outlook| Julie Utterback, CFA |
Following the spinoff of Baxalta in mid-2015, Baxter's new management team has focused on increasing efficiencies and innovating in medical products. That focus has resulted in much-improved profitability and cash flow generation since then. In the intermediate term, the company aims for mid-single-digit sales growth primarily through new product launches and for double-digit adjusted earnings per share and free cash flow growth compounded annually. Acquisitions, like the recent combination with Hillrom (medical equipment like hospital beds with digital connection capabilities), could add to those prospects.