Adjusted earnings per share (EPS) were $1.40 for the third quarter of 2011, an increase of 3 percent compared to $1.36 for the third quarter of 2010. Adjusted net income decreased 3 percent to $1,280 million in the third quarter of 2011 compared to $1,313 million in the third quarter of 2010.
Amgen's Board of Directors has authorized an increase to the Company's stock repurchase program to a total amount of $10 billion. The Company intends to use this authorization to accelerate its stock repurchase program, reflecting confidence in its long-term value and the attractive interest rate environment.
"Our business has performed well this year, which has given us confidence to increase our full-year revenue and EPS guidance," said Kevin Sharer, chairman & CEO. "We are also confident in our outlook and long-term value and intend to accelerate our stock repurchase program."
Adjusted EPS and adjusted net income for the third quarter of 2011 and 2010 exclude, for the applicable periods, a legal settlement reserve, stock option expense, certain expenses related to acquisitions, expenses resulting from actions to improve cost efficiencies, non-cash interest expense associated with our convertible notes and certain other items. These adjustments and other items are presented on the attached reconciliations.
The Company has reached an agreement in principle to settle allegations relating to its sales and marketing practices arising out of the previously disclosed federal civil and criminal investigations pending in the U.S. Attorney's Offices for the Eastern District of New York and the Western District of Washington (the Federal Investigations). In connection with the agreement in principle, the Company recorded a $780 million charge in the third quarter of 2011, which, after taxes, reduced the Company's EPS and net income in accordance with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) for the third quarter of 2011 by $0.77 per share and $705 million, respectively. If the ongoing settlement discussions are successfully concluded, Amgen expects that the proposed settlement will resolve the Federal Investigations, the related state Medicaid claims and the claims in U.S. ex rel. Westmoreland v. Amgen, et al. and the other nine qui tam actions previously described in the Company's periodic filings with the U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission. The proposed settlement remains subject to continuing discussions regarding the components of the agreement and the completion and execution of all required documentation; until the proposed settlement becomes final, there can be no guarantee that these matters will be resolved by the agreement in principle.
On a reported basis in accordance with U.S. GAAP, Amgen's GAAP EPS were $0.50 in the third quarter of 2011 compared to $1.28 in the third quarter of 2010. Amgen's GAAP net income was $454 million in the third quarter of 2011 compared to $1,236 million in the third quarter of 2010.
Amgen discovers, develops, manufactures and delivers innovative human therapeutics. A biotechnology pioneer since 1980, Amgen was one of the first companies to realize the new science's promise by bringing safe, effective medicines from lab to manufacturing plant to patient. Amgen therapeutics have changed the practice of medicine, helping millions of people around the world in the fight against cancer, kidney disease, rheumatoid arthritis, bone disease and other serious illnesses. With a deep and broad pipeline of potential new medicines, Amgen remains committed to advancing science to dramatically improve people's lives.