Washington, D.C.  20549






Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934


Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported):  October 19, 2010




(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)



(State or other jurisdiction

of incorporation)



File Number)


(IRS Employer

Identification No.)


2825 Airview Boulevard, Kalamazoo, Michigan

(Address of principal executive offices)


(Zip Code)


Registrant's telephone number, including area code:  269.385.2600




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Item 2.02        Results of Operations and Financial Condition


Stryker Corporation (the Company) issued a press release on October 19, 2010 announcing its third quarter 2010 operating results.  A copy of this press release is attached hereto as Exhibit 99.1.


In its press release, the Company made references to the following financial measures:  "constant currency," "adjusted net earnings" and "adjusted diluted net earnings per share."  These financial measures are an alternative representation of the Company's past and potential future operational performance and do not replace the presentation of the Company's reported financial results under U.S. generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP).  The Company has provided these supplemental non-GAAP financial measures because they provide meaningful information regarding the Company's results on a consistent and comparable basis for the periods presented.  Management uses these non-GAAP financial measures for reviewing the operating results of its business segments, for analyzing potential future business trends in connection with its budget process and bases certain annual bonus plans on these non-GAAP financial measures.  In order to measure the Company's sales performance on a constant currency basis, it is necessary to remove the impact of changes in foreign currency exchange rates which affects the comparability and trend of sales.  Constant currency results are calculated by translating current year results at prior year average foreign currency exchange rates.  In order to measure the Company's earnings performance on a consistent and comparable basis, the Company excludes the gain on sale of certain assets recorded in 2010, income taxes associated with the repatriation of foreign earnings recorded in 2010 and 2009, restructuring charges recorded in 2009 and the gain recorded pursuant to a confidential patent infringement settlement agreement recorded in 2009, each of which affects the comparability of operating results and the trend of earnings.  In addition, the Company believes investors will utilize this information to evaluate period-to-period results on a comparable basis and to better understand potential future operating results.  The Company encourages investors and other users of these financial statements to review its consolidated financial statements and other publicly filed reports in their entirety and not to rely solely on any single financial measure. The reconciliation of reported diluted net earnings per share to adjusted diluted net earnings per share for the year ended December 31, 2009 is as follows:


Reported diluted net earnings per share


Restructuring charges


Patent litigation gain


Income taxes on repatriation of foreign earnings


Adjusted diluted net earnings per share


Weighted-average diluted shares outstanding (in millions)



The weighted-average diluted shares outstanding used in the calculation of this non-GAAP financial measure is the same as the weighted-average diluted shares outstanding used in the calculation of the reported per share amount.



Item 9.01        Financial Statements and Exhibits




99.1  Press release dated October 19, 2010





Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.



Date:    October 19, 2010  /s/ CURT R. HARTMAN
  Curt R. Hartman
  Vice President and Chief Financial Officer