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Brendan Wood International Investor Conviction Intel – AbbVie CEO Succession

February 20th, 2024 by TopGun Press

New York, NY (TopGun Press)

Given AbbVie’s announcement that Richard A. Gonzalez will retire as CEO to become Executive Chairman and that Robert A. Michael has been selected to succeed Gonzalez as CEO effective July 1, 2024, we’re providing the historical Half Year Commitment to Own AbbVie Trends and Shareholder Conviction Trends on AbbVie’s CFO, Transparency & Disclosure and Balance Sheet during Mr. Michael’s tenure as CFO, along with the relevant verbatim commentary on the like.

AbbVie CTO Trends

AbbVie CFO Balance Sheet and Transparency Disclosure Trends


Typical Verbatim Commentary on AbbVie’s CFO, Reporting & Disclosure and Balance Sheet:
(July 1st, 2019 through June 30th, 2022)

“I think that AbbVie’s CFO, Rob Michael, is usually pretty good and he usually guides into a lot of detail, more detail than others. He needs to really have a good handle of the business to guide that way.”

“AbbVie’s CFO, Rob Michael, is probably my favorite right now because they always forecast pretty well.”

“AbbVie’s communication around numbers is very, very good. They don’t miss. I think they’ve been super clear about free cash flow and the way that they are going to reign in the net debt. I think they’ve executed on that and realizations on synergy. So, I have high confidence in their CFO.”

“AbbVie’s CFO, Robert Michael, is okay. One thing that’s good is that they usually guide well.”

“AbbVie usually guides pretty well. AbbVie is better than Eli Lilly and Pfizer in their reporting.”

“AbbVie gives product level guidance for the entire year, and they guide one quarter ahead. They’re quite differentiated in that sense. They tend to deliver on those short-term metrics.”

“AbbVie has done a good job with their very large acquisition. I have confidence in their balance sheet.”

“AbbVie’s payout ratio is enormous, so people have confidence in the balance sheet.”

“AbbVie’s CFO is newer. There is just a lack of history.”

“AbbVie’s CFO is newer to the role so there is a little less history there.”

“AbbVie’s prior CFO used to be considered very highly, but the one they have now is new.”

“AbbVie’s management is the CFO, head of commercial and then the head of R&D. This is the trifecta of the next generation that have been really the public face of the company at a lot of the investor conferences.”

“The AbbVie CFO hardly gets to say anything because the CEO just takes over. You don’t hear from the CFO. He’s just in the background because he’s not allowed to be visible.”

“AbbVie has got some headwinds coming its way and unfortunately the CFO won’t be able to prove that he’s been doing a good job.”

“I have never met the AbbVie CFO, but he only talks when Rick tells him to talk.”

“From an investor perspective, we don’t get as much access to AbbVie’s senior management team. It is basically the CEO, CFO and the President that are on all the calls and interactions with investors.”

“I don’t have confidence in AbbVie’s CFO because he hasn’t been there very long and hasn’t done anything yet. You listen to the conference calls and he doesn’t say anything; it’s the ‘Rick Gonzalez Show’.”

“I would prefer if AbbVie’s CFO, Rob Michael, answered questions with more strategic foresight. He usually defers to Rick Gonzalez most of the time.”

“I’m not as impressed by AbbVie’s CFO, Rob Michael. That’s more of a topline story than a bottom line story.”

“I don’t have confidence in AbbVie’s reporting and disclosure. AbbVie did two big investor events last year, an R&D update in March and an immunology day in December, and basically gave investors and analysts two weeks notice. The content’s good when they do the events, but you feel like they’re kind of on the back foot a bit.”

“I don’t think AbbVie’s balance sheet is strong, they are paying out an unsustainable dividend, and they have geared up the balance sheet for Allergan.”

“I have more confidence in Bristol’s balance sheet than AbbVie’s. It’s going to take AbbVie a lot longer to get back to net cash after the major transactions they’ve both done.”

“AbbVie has a lot of debt to pay.”


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