1 August 2018 - Deborah Wilkes
Ipsen Consumer Healthcare, Boiron, Daiichi-Sankyo's OTC business and Recordati have just released financial results.
Ipsen highlights Smecta performance
Sales by Ipsen's Consumer Healthcare business fell by 3.9% at constant exchange rates to EUR144 million (USD167 million) in the first half of 2018. As reported, the fall was 6.8% compared to the first half of 2017.
The French pharmaceutical company said the performance had been impacted by a new contractual set up in China for Etiasa. Excluding Etiasa, sales would have been up by 2.0%.
Ipsen highlighted the "good performance" of the antidiarrhoeal Smecta, which was the largest Consumer Healthcare product with sales up by 3.6% at constant currencies to EUR62.4 million.
Core operating income at the Consumer Healthcare business was EUR41.8 million in the first half of 2018, giving a core operating margin of 29.0%.
The Consumer Healthcare business generated 13.6% of Ipsen's total sales in the first half of 2018, which were up by 21.5% at constant exchange rates to EUR1.06 billion.
Boiron sees small increase
Boiron reported worldwide sales of EUR281 million (USD326 million) in the first half of 2018, representing a rise of 0.9% at constant exchange rates compared to the same period a year earlier. As reported, sales were down by 1.5%.
The majority of sales, 60.3%, were generated in the homoeopathy specialist's home market of France, where sales dropped by 4.1% to EUR169 million.
Boiron's sales in Europe, excluding France, were down by 13.1% at constant exchange rates to EUR57.7 million, while sales in North America rose by 51.8% to EUR44.6 million. Sales in other countries were up by 24.8% at constant exchange rates to EUR9.1 million.
Daiichi-Sankyo sees OTC rise in Japan
Sales by Daiichi-Sankyo's OTC business in Japan grew by 9.1% to JPY18.4 billion (USD0.17 billion) in the three months ended 30 June 2018. The Japanese pharmaceutical company highlighted growth of the Minon brand.
The Japanese OTC business accounted for 8% of Daiichi-Sankyo's total sales, which decreased by 5.6% to JPY226 billion.
Recordati reports 6.9% rise
Recordati reported sales of EUR696 million (USD808 million) in the first half of 2018, representing a rise of 6.9% compared to the same period a year earlier. Around 80% of Recordati's sales were generated outside the Italian pharmaceutical company's home market.
The OTC business accounted for 15.5% of Recordati's worldwide sales.
Recordati's operating income grew by 14.1% to EUR232 million, representing 33.3% of sales. Earnings Before Interest, Taxes, Depreciation and Amortisation (EBITDA) were up by 16.1% to EUR260 million, representing 37.4% of sales.
The family-owned company recently announced that a consortium led by private-equity firm CVC Capital Partners was acquiring a majority stake in Recordati for EUR3.03 billion (click here to read the News story).
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